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STILL LOVERS.

Dorfman, Elena. (Photographs) Alexandre, Elizabeth. (Essay)

ISBN 10: 097667081X / ISBN 13: 9780976670810
Published by CHANNEL PHOTOGRAPHICS., NY, 2005
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: STILL LOVERS.

Publisher: CHANNEL PHOTOGRAPHICS., NY

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

In Still Lovers, Elena Dorfman explores the complex relationships between life-sized, synthetic sex dolls and their owners. For many, the idea of the sex doll conjures images of the kitschy inflatable, but these expensive, highly realistic dolls, which owners customize to the smallest detail, are far from silly, and they' perform more than a sexual role for their owners. What started for Dorfman in 1999 as a playful curiosity - a project about "men having sex with 125 pounds of perfectly formed synthetic female" - rapidly became a serious exploration of the emotional and psychological ties between the owners and their dolls. Her candid wonderment and nonjudgmental approach present a fascinating glimpse into the personalities that owners invest in their dolls and the zest with which they attire them. The dolls become sculptural beauties, sex kittens, companions, and family members. One woman owns several dolls that represent different aspects of her personality and sexuality; another owner, a military officer, dreams of marrying his "Azra." A suburban owner drinks coffee on the couch as "Taffy" lounges nearby in her crotchless negligee. A family goes about their morning routine with "Valentine" at the kitchen table. Dorfman's deft treatment of the subject and neutral color palate keep the images firmly grounded in a documentary tradition that depicts the subjects outside of the visual schema associated with fantasy. The result is that we as viewers - though we know the dolls to be passive and inanimate - begin to believe in the owners' vision of and love for their dolls. Dorfman's images confront the concept of the ideal woman and her place in the home, and they challenge our notions of love while they show the imagination's powerful function in achieving and sustaining it.

About the Author:

Elena Dorfman is a fine art and magazine photographer who documents extreme circumstances and unusual subjects. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, GQ and Elle, and her books include Here & Now and The C-word: Teenagers and Their Families Living with Cancer. She is exhibited widely in the US. Represented by the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York, her images are in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Elisabeth Alexandre is an editor at French Marie Clair.

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