You have probably seen many of Lauren Greenfields’ photographs. Either in her books Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood
The Hollywood High School Prom, Santa Monica, 1993
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or Girl Culture
Sheena, 15, Tries on Clothes with Amber, San Jose, California, 1999
in each of these explorations, Ms. Greenfield has shown a revealing portrait of her subjects as a true jounalist. There is always a revelation and an insight that draws you into the person’s life, yet makes no judgement.
I have always been drawn to her work and it is not until a 3rd or 4th viewing did I even venture a step outside of the photographs to imagine how she earned the trust of her subjects to bring out such honesty in the images.
She has now ventured into the world of film and has directed her first feature length film “THIN” being broadcast on HBO on November 14, at 9:00PM EST. check you local listing for specifics.
I have just screened the movie. Her artistry and style is intact.
The subject matter is a tough one as we follow the lives of girls with eating disorders being treated at a facility in Florida.
But Laurens treatment of her subjects is an honest and moving inside view into their lives.
Of course her photographs spoke volumes in a single frame, but her books gave a rich glimpse into the lives of her subjects
Her photographic style has translated to the screen in a new way as the women she reveals can now speak.
The entire show depends more on the portraits of the people than the problem/solution situation.
You get totally lost in the moment, while the intimacy you are witnessing never becomes perverse, but journalistic.
Ms. Greenfield cares about the women. That is obvious with the respect she shows them in this film.
Set your TIVOs or your calendars but see this film.
Here are some more reviews:
“…an unflinching portrait of a deadly mental illness that is little understood and poorly treated…”
“It is a rare thing in this job, in film, in life to be left literally shaken by something…”
-Cinematical read the review
“Thin’s tremendous, unblinking candor invites us to question what else lives hidden all around us.”
-Flavorpill read the review
“…Greenfield, whose well-structured, fiercely candid movie is, most of all, a provocation.”
-Variety read the review
As one of our foremost photographers working today, she has also come out with a companion book and exhibition for this film.
And that is our weekly giveaway. And autographed copy of the Lauren Greenfield book “Thin”
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For the first 5 people to email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
and mention this article, and enclose a shipping address will be sent a gratis autographed copy of the book.
Our thanks to the folks at Deep-Focus Marketing for their gracious help with this week giveaway.
For more info on the film, visit Thin
The exhibition of this work opens on October 19th-November 25th, 2006
148 North LaBrea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone :323 934 2250
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