interviewed by Sarah Charlesworth
New York-based photographer, Laurie Simmons uses dolls, the archetypal little girl's toy, to launch a powerful critique of the social norms of femininity and gender stereotypes.
Charlesworth: ďWe were raised, in a way, to be housewives, and in your early pictures there are women bending over an oven. Itís been interpreted historically as feminist critique. Yet, when you really look at the pictures, itís not clear whether youíre criticizing womenís role or fantasizing about them. Itís almost as if both things are being done at once.Ē
1994, 8.5 x 12 inches
80pp, 72 b&w and 68 color reproductions
Softcover, ISBN 0-923183-13-2 $25.00