Sunday, March 13, 2011

Loretta Lux: It’s the EYES!

I LOVE the photographs of Loretta Lux. Born in 1969 in Dresden, Loretta is red hot in the photo world. Six years ago (2005) she received the International Center of Photography’s very prestigious Infinity Award for Art. Her carefully composed photographs are unsettling, perfectly arranged with nothing left to chance. Her use of Photoshop is widely discussed, yet when asked, she (and her dealer) say that the technique is not open for discussion. That’s OK with me. The photographs in person are incredible. Children are by far her favorite subject, except her children exist as emotionless automatons you just don’t feel a desire to hug.

Learn more at: ( or at Yossi Milo Gallery ( in New York.
"Boy in Blue Raincoat" 2001 Ilfochrome print, © Loretta Lux, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
"The Drummer" 2004 Ilfochrome print, © Loretta Lux, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
"Portrait of Antonia" 2007 Ilfochrome print, © Loretta Lux, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Reposted from 11/18/08.


Kipik said...

wo-hoho! amazing! reminds me so much of Mark Ryden's art: This "sweet evil" emanating from these characters. great find, magic-bean-buyer!

barbara r-g said...

amazing and very unsettling. bad seed movie comes to mind. eyes tell it all.

Hannah Stephenson said...

Love her work, and happy to read your post (for some reason, your blog hadn't popped up in my reader for thrilled to see it again!).

I also think of Ruud van Empel's work (although it is on the end of the color saturation spectrum):

Lucy Autrey Wilson said...

I like Loretta Lux's photos + your website too!

Windsor Grace said...

Those eyes are incredible, I've never seen anything like it. I thought they were paintings. Thank you so much for sharing!

Darla Tea said...

it's the heads! they are slightly bigger than they are supposed to be.

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