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Elegant and Eerie Portraits of Girls with Their American Girl Dolls by Ilona Szwarc

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It is hard not to be mesmerized by the photographs of Ilona Szwarc. The Polish born photographer – who now lives in New York City – captures images of girls and young women with their beloved American Girl dolls. And the results are both elegant and eerie. “When I first came to the US the phenomenon of the American Girl doll immediately caught my eye,” Szwarc says. “Photographically it was a beautiful image — girls with their sculptural representatives, their twins, their avatars.” In her series, it’s not just about a beautiful images, it goes deeper than that. Szwarc examines, “how culture and society conditions gender and how it invents childhood. Gender becomes a performance that is mirrored in the performance of my subjects for the camera.”

Check out some of her stunning work in her American Girl Series right here:


  • Rylan, Long Island, NY 1 of 12
    Rylan, Long Island, NY
    Rylan takes a rest on a bed with her doll in a matching outfit. A stunning image.
  • Tiffani-Amber, Lido Beach, NY 2 of 12
    Tiffani-Amber, Lido Beach, NY
    Ladies in red. A gorgeous shot with both girls in identical outfits.
  • Sophia, Long Beach, NY 3 of 12
    Sophia, Long Beach, NY
    This young lady - in her school uniform - gives a piggy-back ride to her doll.
  • Jessica, Linderhurst, NY 4 of 12
    Jessica, Linderhurst, NY
    This is a powerful juxtaposition of a big between her American Girl doll and a stand up of Justin Bieber (sans head).
  • Carly, Merrick, NY 5 of 12
    Carly, Merrick, NY
    An American girl grows up.
  • Jade, Farmingville, NY 6 of 12
    Jade, Farmingville, NY
    While the last portrait showed a very well-heeled young woman, this one is of a girl coming from, what we'd assume, are far more humble origins. Amazing composition on this one with the wall stain, the stairs and the girl.
  • Jenna, Groveland, MA 7 of 12
    Jenna, Groveland, MA
    This American girl and her American girl doll each have their own horse. Quite a contrast to the other girls in the series.
  • Maya and Leela, Northport, NY 8 of 12
    Maya and Leela, Northport, NY
    These two girls appear quite stoic while posing with their mini-mes.
  • Jaelyn, Long Island, NY 9 of 12
    Jaelyn, Long Island, NY
    Family portraits and a image of Barack Obama are presented in the forefront of Joelyn's portrait.
  • Hannah, Dudley, MA 10 of 12
    Hannah, Dudley, MA
    Hannah shows off her gymastics skills while her American Girl Doll mimics her pose.
  • Pink Hair 11 of 12
    Pink Hair
    Donning a pink wig, this freckle faced little girl holds onto her patriotic American Girl Doll.
  • Kayla, Boston, MA 12 of 12
    Kayla, Boston, MA
    This is something so stunning and so mesmerizing about this award winning portrait.
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Photo Source: With Permission from Ilona Szwarc

See more of her series and work right here.

 

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