More Than Violet
In this networked age, identity is increasingly constituted by images, both self- and media-generated. We can experiment and play with appearances, creating our own image of ourselves. The tradition of studio portrait photography, by contrast, generally aims to capture the sitter’s best self. In Julia Peirone’s intriguing images of teenage girls, these two approaches intersect and collide. She shoots hundreds of frames, but eventually only selects the failed and usually discarded ones. Using the studio environment, she undermines the idea of the photogenic; the girls’ supposed beauty eludes the viewer. Technically perfect, yet imperfect as portraits in the traditional sense.