Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Birthday Party.

The Birthday Party. Photographs by Vee Speers. Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2009. 96 pp., 44 colour illustrations, 33x22,7cm. Images from photo-eye.

It's my birthday!

Book description:

"This is a series of portraits of children about to attend an imaginary birthday party. Inspired by her daughter’s birthday party Speers imagined what characters might be created if role play were pushed to imaginative extremes.

The children are placed in front of the same white wall and gaze into the lens of the camera, performing within a strictly laid out frame. They reveal very little of themselves and yet this is what makes the portraits so magnetic.

The childlike game of dressing up, of putting on costumes, reinforces the surreal tone of the series.

For the past fifteen years Vee Speers has been based in Paris, working in fashion, photojournalism and fine art photography.

Widely exhibited throughout Europe, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Japan and Australia, her work has also been seen in publications including The Sunday Times, Harpers+Queen, GQ, Arena and Esquire."

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