Documentary photographer and photojournalist Lauren Greenfield, named by American Photo Magazine as one of the top 25 photographers working today, will be on campus November 29 through December 1 as this year’s Melissa Dilworth Gold Visiting Artist. Ms. Greenfield was one of only three females chosen byAmerican Photo Magazine, along with Mary Ellen Mark and Annie Leibowitz. Ms. Greenfield is the creator of “Girl Culture” and many related projects that deal with the influence of popular culture on how we live. Her photography deals most specifically with issues of gender identity, body image and eating disorders. Her photographs have been published regularly in magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Time, The New Yorker, ELLE, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Ms. Greenfield will speak with Class I and II and will visit many classes over the three days, including affective education, art, photography and film classes. She will also meet with student culture groups during Thursday and Friday activities periods.
Her recent documentary film, THIN, delves into the lives of four women struggling with anorexia and bulimia. THIN was met with international acclaim and premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary has won several awards, including the Grierson Award for director of the best feature-length documentary at the London Film Festival 2006 and the Grand Jury Prize at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Newport International Film Festival, and the Jackson Hole Film Festival. THIN is now being shown on HBO.
A screening of THIN will take place in King Theatre on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and will be open to adults only—faculty and parents are welcome. Ms. Greenfield will be present to answer questions after the viewing.