Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beauty Culture

"Beauty is a short-lived tyranny" - Socrates
The Annenberg Space for Photography is treating us to another fascinating, schizophrenic experience, with its new exhibit Beauty Culture: a celebration yet indictment of beauty diktats; gorgeous yet disturbing images; desires yet denunciations. The show "provides a seminal examination of photography’s role in capturing and defining notions of modern female beauty and how these images profoundly influence our lives in both celebratory and disturbing ways."

A must-see for women (and men) of all ages, shapes and colors. And a healthy reminder of the futility of cosmetic surgery. Bottom line? The real winners are those who embrace who they truly are, challenging as it may be. Because in the end, it's nothing but Big Business.

Reviews: Photo Exhibition Challenges Media's Standards of Beauty | Photo Induced LA Times | Kids (Teens) Off The Couch.
photos 1+3Tyen/2 Orlan/4Google/5Susan Anderson/6Martin Schoeller/7Lauren Greenfield

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