Thin

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Critically acclaimed for Girl Culture and Fast Forward, Lauren Greenfield continues her exploration of contemporary female culture with Thin, a groundbreaking book about eating disorders. Greenfield's photographs are paired with extensive interviews and journal entries from twenty girls and women who are suffering from various afflictions. We meet 15-year-old Brittany, who is convinced that being thin is the only way to gain acceptance among her peers; Alisa, a divorced mother of two whose hatred of her body is ...
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Overview

Critically acclaimed for Girl Culture and Fast Forward, Lauren Greenfield continues her exploration of contemporary female culture with Thin, a groundbreaking book about eating disorders. Greenfield's photographs are paired with extensive interviews and journal entries from twenty girls and women who are suffering from various afflictions. We meet 15-year-old Brittany, who is convinced that being thin is the only way to gain acceptance among her peers; Alisa, a divorced mother of two whose hatred of her body is manifested in her relentless compulsion to purge; Shelly, who has been battling anorexia for six years and has had a feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach; as well as many others. Alongside these personal stories are essays on the sociology and science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Dr. David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober. These intimate photographs, frank voices, and thoughtful discussions combine to make Thin not only the first book of its kind but also a portrait of profound understanding.
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Editorial Reviews

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With Girl Culture and Fast Forward, photographer Lauren Greenfield cast a revealing lens on the lives of American girls and young women. In Thin, she and Cornell professor Joan Jacobs Brumberg offer us rare access into the experiences of 20 female residents of a Florida eating disorder treatment facility. Greenfield's striking pictures, exclusive interviews with the women and girls, and personal journal entries combine to give reality to what might seem to be a theoretical problem. An unforgettable look at a malady that will affect one out of seven American women.
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'Thin' exposes chilling self-hatred
Photographs by Lauren Greenfield look at how external appearances can clash mightily with self-perceptions. And more.

Opportunities abound for the documentarian of human misery: war, hunger, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, abuse. For the "concerned photographer," a term coined in the late 1960s to describe a commitment to conscientious, humane witness, it's a matter of deciding where to turn, what to focus on and how.

Lauren Greenfield, a photojournalist based in L.A. and a member of the photo agency VII, has directed her attention since the early '90s to phenomena that arise out of our culture of excess problems born of economic affluence and social privilege, media saturation and the societal drive toward immediate gratification. She chronicles the external manifestations of mainstream America's compromised soul.

Her first major project, published in the book "Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood," examined sexually accelerated, artifice-happy youth culture.

"Girl Culture," her next project, expanded upon one facet of the first: body image as expression of identity and reflection of cultural expectation.

Her newest work zooms in closer still. "Thin" takes a look at residents of the Renfrew Center, a Florida treatment facility for women with eating disorders.

The book "Thin" was recently published by Chronicle Books, and "Thin," the documentary, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Nov. 14 on HBO. The large color photographs from the project on view at Fahey / Klein Gallery constitute no more than a slender slice from the overall enterprise.

They are not meant to stand alone, nor do they communicate consistently well in this context. They need the partnership of words, and they get that brilliantly in the book, in the form of personal narratives and diary entries by the subjects, commentary by medical and sociological experts and a tone-setting introduction by Greenfield.

Although the project seems to fit easily on a continuum with her other work, Greenfield asserts that societal conditions are only part of the story of "Thin"; mental illness is the real issue.

The text in the book fleshes out the particularities of each woman's interior struggle.

The pictures describe external appearances that clash mightily with their self-perceptions. Where we see famine-level emaciation, they see an ideal not quite reached. We see quite literally in the portrait of Ata with her arms clasped overhead the attenuated limbs and knobby joints of an Egon Schiele figure; they see in themselves the ample, overloaded bodies of a Rubens.

One of the most captivating pairs of pictures shows a young woman named Aiva on her first day of treatment and 10 weeks later, upon completion. A barbed reversal of the diet ad pitch, the "before" photograph shows 16-year-old Aiva looking like a bony, angry preteen. "After," the angles of her face have softened, her chest, torso and arms have filled out, and she has blossomed into a healthy (and happier) looking young woman.

A selection of photographs from Greenfield's previous two series is also on view at the gallery, and they are pithy evidence of all sorts of cultural distortions having to do with wanting (and having) too much, too fast. They are situational tableaux, intertwining of character, context and action.

The images on view from "Thin" are largely portraits, many taken on the grassy institutional grounds of the Renfrew Center. They introduce the players in this painful saga of self-loathing and self-improvement, but they can't deliver much more in the way of feeling or fact. A few are chilling in their depiction of the extremes these women have reached through purging and restricting, as well as cutting.

Greenfield's pictures are intimate and candid. Their authenticity derives from the trust required between photographer and subject, trust that each will deal only in raw truths, and with respect.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811856331
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 785,039
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Greenfield's work is held in many museum collections and appears regularly in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, and Time. American Photo named her one of the 25 most influential photographers today. She lives in Venice, California.

Joan Jacobs Brumberg is a professor at Cornell University, where she has been teaching history, human development, and women's studies for over 20 years. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    Buy this book.

    The combination of pictures and words from both medical professionals and those so deep into this horrid disease are breathtaking. You get to see what anorexia and bulimia do, not only to the body but to the spirit. This negates the common idea that anorexia occurs because of 1. the media and 2. because girls want to look like models. If this was true, why would we have girls who want to die, and who do die because of these horrible eating disorders? The HBO special follows the story of 4 people - the book follows many: anorexic, bulimic, compulsive over eaters. It focuses on the WHY, not the how (which can be used against the negative mind if given to someone who has an eating disorder or predisposition to one) and what this residential centre does to help those who are inflicted with these disorders. It gives hope to those who suffer and those who watch others suffer. Also great for the professional because it is a new way of looking at these diseases. Beautiful pictures and beautiful words. Thank you for creating this and the documentary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    Best Book in this Field

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this field or in eating disorders in general.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    An eye opener

    This book is amazing to look at and read. Vivid--sometimes brutal--photographs throughout show you what eating disorders REALLY do to the victims -- and their families. It's touching, but also very haunting. As I said, this is a definite eye-opener and brushes away alot of the popular myths of these ravaging illnesses. It will leave you speechless.

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