Photo Exhibit Examines the Culture–and Cult–of Beauty

New at the Annenberg Space for Photography, a fascinating photography discussion about the allure and mystique of the pursuit of female beauty–and the multi-million dollar industry that surrounds it.

Featuring works from more than 100 world-renowned beauty, fashion, and fine art photographers, BEAUT Y CULTURE presents diverse viewpoints on beauty as it has evolved through the 20th and 21st centuries. The photographs are at times challenging, daring, and controversial. Ultimately the exhibition illustrates the power of the still image in shaping cultural ideals and expectations of feminine beauty – and photography’s role in the shaping of beauty ideals.

In addition to the more than 170 photographs featured in the print gallery, BEAUTY CULTURE showcases hundreds of digital images in vivid detail on high-resolution screens in the Digital Gallery. The Digital Gallery also includes a short documentary film that expands upon the print exhibition’s themes, featuring interviews with well-known photographers, models, historians and beauty experts who guide visitors on a fascinating photographic exploration of the culture – and cult – of beauty.

The exhibit will run from May 21 through Nov. 27.

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