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Once known for its permanent beauty, the Barbie shows its ephemeral side in Nancy Burson’s work. The close ups of these dolls, while heavy with makeup, reveal their age through wrinkles and distress on the skin. Nancy Burson’s Aged Barbie series play into the cinematic trope of female vulnerability and object-hood that Cindy Sherman tapped into with her Untitled Film Stills. The dramatic lighting and anxious expressions speak to the fear of female aging its effect on perceptions of femininity.

 
Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Jo Ann Callis

Jo Ann Callis

Wayne Lawrence

Wayne Lawrence

Tomoko Sawada

Tomoko Sawada

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Cristina Garcia Rodero

Cristina Garcia Rodero

Nikki S. Lee

Nikki S. Lee

Katsumi Watanabe

Katsumi Watanabe

Antonio Caballero

Antonio Caballero

Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide

Yasumasa Morimura

Yasumasa Morimura

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