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Acclaimed photographer Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture as a result of her groundbreaking projects Girl Culture and Fast Forward. Her photographs have been widely exhibited and are in many museum collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the International Center of Photography. She was named by American Photo as one of the 25 most influential photographers working today.
Greenfield’s first feature-length documentary film, THIN, aired on HBO, and is accompanied by a photography book of the same name (Chronicle Books, 2006). In this unflinching and incisive study, Greenfield embarks on an emotional journey through the Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Florida, a residential facility dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders. The feature-length documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Direction in 2007. It won the Grierson Award for best documentary at the London Film Festival, and Grand Jury Prizes at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Newport International Film Festival, and the Jackson Hole Film Festival. The project was featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, and CNN and was excerpted in People Magazine. The Thin Book was honored by the 2007 International Photography Awards as well as the Photo District News Annual.
Thin is also a traveling museum exhibition curated by Trudy Wilner Stack that debuted at The Women’s Museum in Dallas, Texas in February, 2007 and will travel through 2010. Girl Culture, Greenfield’s last traveling exhibition, has been seen by over half a million people in more than twenty-five venues around the world. Fast Forward and Girl Culture were both optioned for development as feature films at Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures.
Her latest project, an original short film entitled kids + money, premiered at the AFI Fest and won the Shorts Audience Award. It has since screened at many other festivals including Sundance, Hot Docs and won awards for Best Documentary at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and a Gold Plaque at the Hugo Televisions Awards. kids + money will screen at over 20 more festivals world-wide in 2008, including Cannes Short Film Corner. The film is a conversation with young people from diverse Los Angeles communities about the role of money in their lives. From rich to poor, Pacific Palisades to East L.A., kids address how they are shaped by a culture of consumerism. kids + money will broadcast on HBO in December 2008.
Greenfield graduated from Harvard in 1987 and started her career as an intern for National Geographic. Since then, her photographs have been regularly published in the New York Times Magazine, Time, ELLE, and American Photo and have won many awards, including the International Center for Photography Infinity Award, the Hasselblad Grant, the Community Awareness Award from the National Press Photographers, and the Moscow Biennial People’s Choice Award. She is a member of the VII Photo Agency, an international photographic cooperative, and is represented by the Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York and the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.
She lives in Venice, California with her husband, Frank Evers, and their two sons.