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The Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present the photography of internationally renowned artist Lauren Greenfield. In conjunction with the release of her new monograph Girl Culture (Chronicle Books, 2002), the exhibition showcases Greenfield's recent photographic investigation into the social lives and subcultures of contemporary girls and women. The work provides an arresting visual narrative of the environment in which girls, their bodies, and their psyches entwine with American popular culture.

The award-winning photographs of Girl Culture are a revealing exploration into the daily lives and rituals of women. Greenfield's subjects range from the ordinary to the eccentric, from pre-schoolers to post-grads, from would-be models to actresses, athletes, showgirls and sex workers. These "gritty and gorgeous portraits" are described as "unflinchingly raw and honest" by Time Magazine's Jessica Reaves. Through these animated and colorful canvasses, Greenfield exposes the exhibitionistic, hyper-sexualized, and peer-pressured culture within which contemporary women must negotiate their feelings of self-worth. Girl Culture is a powerful document by one of America's most acclaimed chroniclers of youth.

Lauren Greenfield was selected as one of American Photos Magazine's 100 most influential people in photography and one of Canon's Explorers of Light. She was raised in southern California and graduated from Harvard University in 1987. Her photography is held in many museums and private collections worldwide, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum of New York. She has received several major awards and grants, including the National Geographic Society's photographic documentary grant, the ICP Infinity Award, the Hasselblad Foundation Grant and the Nikon Sabbatical Grant. She is a member of VII, a photographer's cooperative based in Paris. Her work appears regularly in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper's Bazaar and Time. Her previous book, the award-winning Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood, was published in 1997 by Knopf. Greenfield currently resides in Venice, California.

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