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Loretta Lux [Hardcover]

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Though the sense of realism in German photographer Loretta Lux's striking portraits of children remains eerily intact, Lux does not strive to create faithful photographic representations of her young subjects. Instead, each image--invariably comprised of a lone child in a sparse landscape--is painstakingly composed and manipulated to create psychically charged explorations of the nature of childhood and the process of self-discovery. Originally trained as a painter, Lux continues to draw influence from paintings by Old Masters such as Velasquez, Goya, and Runge. This influence is especially apparent in Lux's compositions. After carefully choosing the models, costumes, and backdrops--sometimes using her own paintings--she digitally combines and enhances each element to form meticulously structured tableaux. The consistently forlorn expressions of her models combined with the hyperreality of the image create portraits that transcend their subjects and remind us that childhood is as chaotic and multidimensional as any other part of life.

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Pages   95
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.75" Height: 11"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2005
Publisher   Aperture
ISBN  1931788545  
ISBN13  9781931788540  

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More About Loretta Lux & Francine Prose

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Loretta Lux was born in Dresden, Germany in 1969 and currently lives and works in Ireland. Her work has been exhibited extensively and is included in several collections in Europe and the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Norton Museum of Art, the Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlung, Munich, Artothek Munich, Photo Museum Munich, and Fotomuseum Den Haag.

Loretta Lux was born in 1969.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Loretta Lux?

lux to the max  Jun 17, 2008
loretta lux is a stunning photographer with a sharp critical eye. from the first time i saw her work 8 years ago, it has stayed with me. her book truly captures the intensity and clarity of her images, which stay with you, even haunt you.
her work is simply incredible and truly stands out as a unique voice, and not just for the sake of being different, as is much of the work of contemporary young artists. her vision is singular and with purpose and graceful technique.

Must-have art photography book  Oct 17, 2007
This is a stunning collection of beautiful images that inhabit a no man's land between photography and painting. Lux's images are weirdly nostalgic but at the same time remote and impenetrable. Perhaps the highest praise that you could give a collection of photographs is that they're like not like anything you've ever seen before and that was certainly true of this collection for me. This is an essential addition to any serious collection of art photography books.
Incredible! A photographer's artist, or an artist's photographer...  May 31, 2007
Ever since I saw Loretta Lux's "Boy with Drum," I've been fascinated by her work. She manages to mix photography with painting and produce works that just stay in your mind (at least in mine). Her subjects are amusing, beautiful, and even slightly subversive. Everything in the images, from the colours used, to the clothes worn, and even the backgrounds, all combine to create unforgettable pieces that take the viewer back to a time that never existed. In my mind, this book conjures up a semi-Hitchcockian dream world where children are in control.

Her pictures are incredible and truly unique (something that cannot be said of most) - you know when you are looking at a Lux. Every time I pass the book, I pick it up. And each time, I am surprised by how intrigued I still am about her work. The book is timeless... A phenomenal book! Buy this book and you will not be disappointed.
Paradise of Paradox  Jan 21, 2007
Ultimately beautiful and unsettling, this book contains a collection of highly stylized and manipulated photographs that are deceptively simple.

This is only one of many paradoxes that this series of photographs seems to straddle.

It is nostalgic and modern
It is familiar and fresh.
It is modest and complex.
It is frank and secretive.
It is austere and playful.

Published by Aperture, the printing is flawless. The reproductions are arresting and I don't doubt that only the real prints can trump them.

The only two adults featured in this book are Loretta Lux and The Hunter. The other portraits are of children--an oft featured subject matter of many photographers; But whereas others before her dress kids up like bumble bees and/or sunflowers, Lux chooses to posit an altogether different assessment of children and childhood.

To be sure, there is nothing "cute" about this book. That, in and of itself, is an impressive feat as overly saccharine and trite photos of children run rampant. The word "cute" never even crossed my mind.

Interesting indeed: they say that a picture is worth a thousand words but these images evoke a quietude that transcends.

Simply said: Lux leaves the viewer quite without words. Utterly. Speechless.
Dream childhood  Jan 18, 2007
Beautiful mysterious odd photos of a lost unreal childhood. Really well done repoductions and an inspriation to artists and viewers.

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