Lost Dolls, the Hidden Lives of Toys

 
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This book of quirky and haunting photographs of dolls contains 280 full page color images, foreward by photographer and author Randall Whitehead, and 14 strange and wonderful inner dialogs with Lost Dolls. It's a perfect coffee table tour, suitable for all ages, and makes a unique and entertaining holiday gift.

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Author, designer, innovator, and lecturer Randall Whitehead is best known as the leading personality in the U.S. today in the field of residential lighting. He has drawn upon his experience from over a quarter century of consulting practice to develop a unique and comprehensive body of knowledge about lighting and how it affects us everywhere we live and work. Randall has appeared many times as a guest expert on The Discovery Channel, HGTV, and CNNfn. He has developed an extensive series of seminars on lighting design and has produced them throughout the United States, Canada and South America. He is the author of eight highly acclaimed books on lighting design, the most recent of which is Residential Lighting, a Practical Guide (John Wiley and Sons, Newark, New Jersey, December, 2003). Randall is also a prolific and intrepid photographer, documenting his world travels with an eye that shows his eternal curiosity and fascination for the unexplored corners of our lives and our perceptions. Abandoned places, forgotten toys, existentially empty landscapes - all these can hold surprising moments of ethereal beauty, terror, and poignancy.

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Randall Whitehead likes to play with dolls. I m serious: The man is so enamored of dolls that he s written a book about them. Available this month, Lost Dolls: The Hidden Lives of Toys presents photographs Whitehead has taken of discarded, oddly modified and loved-to-the-stuffing dolls that have captured his eye at flea markets, yard sales and street bazaars all over the world. He says the dolls called to him, demanding their tales be told. It's really fascinating stuff. But it s not quite what you d expect from a man famed for his expertise in the realm of residential lighting. His previous books, packed seminar slate, consulting gigs, monthly Last Word in Lighting columns for Residential Lighting and myriad turns as the spokesman for our industry all stem from his status as lighting guru. Who knew that there was shut your mouth! more to his life than lighting. Yet, if you ve been to any of his speaking engagements or read any of his works, you d have suspected he had other tricks up his sleeves. His sardonic wit absolutely bleeds through, making some rather technical topics not just more palatable, but actually compelling and entertaining. He brings his individuality to the world of illumination with captivating results. We all have something unique to bring to the table, but we re often too caught up in the business of things or shyly prefer to keep personal passions to ourselves because we can t imagine what they would have to do with lighting. But fresh perspectives and attitudes and outside influences can spark the most unexpectedly clever and creative inspiration. --Chandra Palermo, residential Lighting Magazine

In this strange and poignant collection, photographer and internationally renowned lighting designer Randall Whitehead takes us on a journey into a world populated by a bewildering variety of small abandoned souls - dolls found during weekend rambles in flea markets, yard sales, bazaars, and shops in the United States, Europe, and South America. Each of the images tells a unique story that plays on our unconscious associations in often unsettling ways. In the dolls faces and the random juxtapositions of their environment we read the full gamut of human emotions and behavior: yearning, broken dreams, terror, joy, friendship, cruelty, oppression, stereotyping, affection, adoration, triumph, hunger, vanity, and curiosity. Following the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson, this is true found art - every shot was taken as Randall found it, without repositioning or staging. This makes the context of the shot as interesting as the subject, and makes us wonder: who could do that to a doll?, Did they really used to make these?, What on earth is this doll trying to say? In the book Randall offers a few of his own internal dialogs inspired by these images, and he invites you to share your childhood memories, impressions, or doll stories on the rwfoundimages.com website. --Clifton Lemon

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