BEAUTY CULTURE, which ran at the Photography Space from May 21, 2011 - November 27, 2011, is a photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern society. The exhibit presents diverse viewpoints on beauty as it has evolved through the 20th and 21st centuries. The videos below are designed to provide additional insight into 16 of the nearly 200 print images featured in the exhibit.
For a slideshow of images from the print show, click here.
Cradle to Grave
Image in video: Beauty, Age 4 © Susan Anderson
Images in video: Lip Streaks © Melvin Sokolsky, Geisha © Jodi Cobb
The Hollywood Glamour Machine
Images in video: Parody of Jayne Mansfield, Sophia Loren photograph © Daniela Federici
The Marilyn Syndrome
Image in video: Self-portrait © Yasumasa Morimura
Images in video: Cheryl Tiegs © Albert Watson, Anatomy of A Pin-Up © Annie Sprinkle
What Size Is Beauty?
Image in video: Hilary Swank © 2005 Norman Jean Roy
What Color Is Beauty?
Images in video: Vidal Sassoon haircut © Terence Donovan, Lakshmi Menon © Prabuddha Dasgupta Connie Chiu © Ellis Parrinder
Reaction and Revolution
Images in video: Foot X-ray, toe reduction surgery © Zed Nelson, Cory - 2010 © Lynn Johnson
Image in video: Sinead O'Connor, Rolling Stone cover 1992 © Albert Watson
What Shape Is Beauty?
Image in video: Fat Bottom Review © Leonard Nimoy
The Model Industry
Images in video: Twiggy © Melvin Sokolsky, Alek Wek, Elle Magazine cover 1997 © Gilles Bensimon