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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pretty Baby

Pretty Baby is one of the new exhibits at the Modern in Fort Worth. Its a collection of various artists and media all related to children and childhood. Before you yawn and nod off, the exhibit is actually very good. My favorite sequence was the collection of photographs by Loretta Lux.

Photo by Loretta Lux

I'm not sure what she is trying to say about childhood with these photographs. Maybe its that childhood is a beautiful but strange time since these photos, while beautiful and technically noteworthy, are also creepy as hell. I noticed on a few that the images had been slightly altered; eyes a little further apart than normal, head a little too large, arms a little too long. Those alterations in combination with austere settings, vacant expressions, vintage clothing and sometimes painted backdrops at odd angles or exposures make for some long, thought-provoking gazes.

Photo by Loretta Lux

I havent liked a photographer this much since Tina Modotti, I think I will be ordering some prints.

Loretta Lux Site

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Blogger rachel said...

i absolutely LOVE the colors on that 2nd picture. beautiful, yet slightly disturbing.

9:35 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Yes, that is what I liked about it Rachel. Her pose, outfit and hair are very grown up. Also her upper body and head have been altered slightly and appear just a bit too large. Creepy!

6:42 PM


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