New York: Aperture, 2020.
144 pp, 76 color plates, 22.6 x 28 cm
Kurland’s adolescents in Girl Pictures are messy-haired and free and lovely, charged with a feral sense of possibility “I channeled the raw, angry energy of girl bands into my photographs of teenagers” Taken between 1997 and 2002 she portrays girls as fearless and free, tender and fierce. They hunt and explore, braid each other's hair, and swim in sun-dappled watering holes—paying no mind to the camera (or the viewer). Their world is at once lawless and utopian, a frontier Eden in the wild spaces just outside of suburban infrastructure and ideas. Item #16296