Laurie Simmons: Walking, Talking, Lying (signed edition)

Photographs by Laurie Simmons. Text by Kate Linker.


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The intimate ache of the dollhouse and its air of manipulation (whether as consumer object or ventriloquist dummy) has become as identified with pioneering photographer Laurie Simmons as with Ibsen. She's even designed a dollhouse for a toy company. Mostly self-taught, Simmons began working in the 1970s, when color and staged tableaux were first being explored by fine-art photographers, and has since mapped out a world all her own, mostly in haunting miniature. Over the past 25 years, her photographs have conveyed a bittersweet nostalgia for the 1950s, while edgily commenting on consumerism, feminism and other fraught aspects of postwar American culture. The accompanying essay by Kate Linker concentrates on selected series that cover the artist's entire oeuvre--from "Ventriloquism," "Walking Objects" and "Lying Objects" to the 1997 "Self-Portraits" and "Café of the Inner Mind"--and so is essential reading for any photography aficionado.

Format: Hardback
Number of images: 100
Publication date: 2005-10-15
Measurements: 9.75 x 11.25 x 0.75 inches
ISBN: 9781683952169

Photographs by Laurie Simmons. Text by Kate Linker.

Laurie Simmons was born in 1949, in Long Island, New York. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including at the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Kunstrum Munchen; the Whitney Biennial; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Simmons lives and works in New York.