At 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, California photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield discusses her work, including her recent coverage of the financial disintegration in Dubai, the Arab emirate that saw phenomenal economic growth during the past few decades, fueled by its oil industry. In Dubai, rather than focusing on the gleaming artifacts of its wealth — of “six years of impossible luxury,” as it’s described in a statement at Greenfield’s website — she shows the results of profoundly unsustainable growth. Her photographs are simply stunning.
Greenfield is probably best known for her Girl Culture project. She spent five years on it, discovering, as she told NPR, that “to be popular you had to be blonde and thin and wear clothes from one of three stores.” The work culminated in the 2002 publication of the book Girl Culture. She then immersed herself in the world of a Florida treatment center for eating disorders, which resulted in a 2006 book and an award-winning documentary film, both titled Thin.
Admission is $10, $5 for students and seniors. The event takes place at Tipton Hall on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. For more information, call 424-5050.
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