Lauren Greenfield’s Girl Culture is a surreal, and at times voyeuristic, glimpse into the private lives and public images of girls and women. Greenfield possesses an uncanny and aesthetic standards around which the debate of modern femininity rages. Throughout this photo series, Greenfield’s quietly critical eye transforms photos of ordinary moments: proms, sleepovers, weight loss camps, spring breaks, casting calls, into funhouse mirror images, revealing the distorted, and at times perverse, expectations society has of girls and women. Mesmerizing, harrowing, and ultimately cathartic.
— Sydney, Vroman's
Revealing and insightful, Lauren Greenfield's classic monograph on the lives of American girls is back in print. Greenfield's award-winning photographs capture the ways in which girls are affected by American popular culture. With an eye for both the common and the eccentric, she visits girls of all ages, discussing issues ranging from eating disorders and self-mutilation to spring break and prom. With more than 100 mesmerizing photographs, 18 interviews, and an introduction by social and cultural historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg, this book is as vital and relevant now as when it was first published.
About the Author
Lauren Greenfield is an internationally acclaimed photographer and documentary filmmaker. Her photographs, including the monographs Girl Culture, Fast Forward, and THIN, have been widely published, exhibited, and collected by leading museums around the world. She is also the director of the award-winning films THIN, kids + money, Beauty CULTure, and The Queen of Versailles. Her most recent projects include the viral hit #likeagirl and Generation Wealth. She lives in Venice, California.
Joan Jacobs Brumberg is a professor at Cornell University, where she has been teaching history, human development, and women's studies for over twenty years. She is the author of The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls. She lives in Ithaca, New York.