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Anna Gaskell [Hardcover]

Anna Gaskell , Thom Jones

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1 Mar 2002
Anna Gaskell’s first monograph showcases the artist’s famed photographic series and rarely seen drawings. Through such diverse references as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and 1970s horror films All About Eve and Carrie, Gaskell plumbs the strangeness of growing up female in a haunting and provocative style of photography.

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  • Hardcover: 155 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books,U.S.; 1 edition (1 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576870693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576870693
  • Product Dimensions: 33.4 x 24.2 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,024,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favorite Photographer 20 Feb 2002
By Donna - Published on
Anna Gaskell recently put up an exhibition in my school's art gallery, and I was simply floored. The vibrancy of her photos are what originally attracted me, and are still the most striking part of the photos, and the drawings are just creepy enough to keep a high-schooler such as myself interested. But when I picked up this book, the meaning behind the photos becomes clearer. Gaskell has created several photo essays with not only incredible tone, lighting, and subjects, but she also has a fine theory behind her pictures: of being uncomfortable with an adolescent body, the pressure of pre-teens, and the weirdier sides of Alice In Wonderland.
I'll admit I haven't had very long to think about why I like Gaskell's work so much - I just got home from the exhibit - but I highly recommend her, not just aesthetically but for the thoughts behind them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 14 Nov 2007
By blip3 - Published on
I must say , I have to dissagree with this book's negative review. Her photographs are intensly luscious, colorful and eerily composed. I know about Gregory Crewdson and have seen his book Twilight, which is very interesting as well, but this work taps into an entirely different type of energy that is well described in the positive review. That is, Gregory Crewdson works in one realm of the subconscious and Gaskell works on another. Of course, art is highly subjective, I recommend everyone look into both her photographs, and those of Gregory crewdson and buy the book according to their own tastes.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic 18 Feb 2014
By Michelle - Published on
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This has got to be one of my all time favorite photographic combined with her drawings that tell a witty tale too..No you cannot go wrong with this one.... It is a classic, the images are vibrant, and constantly wrap you into the world she creates. If you are not into the drama involved in a cupboard filled with girls well just stay away it is not for you.
11 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rather boring, actually.... 10 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Gaskell's work is rather boring and dreary. Riffing on earlier precedents (most notably Sherman, even if this is not "self portraiture" per se) Gaskell's tableaux reek of a rather vapid revisitation of staged scenario a la her Yale professor and one time boyfriend Gregory Crewdson (check out his book on "Twilight," and you'll see exactly what I mean) combined with a weak attempt at some kind of feminized fairy tale world gone wrong. Technically, the work is adequate, but c�mon�. is this the best that art world photographers in their 30�s have to offer? If so, it�s going to be a long, dry spell, indeed.
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