Photographer Laurie Simmons takes us into the dollhouse

Laurie Simmons on photography's ability to objectify people, especially women.
American photographer and film artist Laurie Simmons joins guest host Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss photography's ability to objectify people, particularly women, and how artifice can represent a heightened reality. 

Simmons tells Piya that, growing up, she was more likely to rip a doll's head off than play with it --  still, her most famous work focuses on plastic dolls, paper dolls, ventriloquist's dummies and, more recently, Japanese Kigurumi culture

Her staged photos of dollhouse interiors were featured in her daughter Lena Dunham's breakout indie film  Tiny Furniture. 

Click here on the listen button above to hear the full segment (audio runs 15:10), and browse some of Simmons' work in the photo gallery embedded below.


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