Dark Dolls
The New York Sun
July 20, 2005

Spanish photographer Jorge Ribalta takes “celebrity portraits” of dolls and figurines that belie their usual kitschy uses. An exhibit of his work, “Portraits (Elegy to August Sander),” includes grave shots of “Arnold Schwarzenegger,” “Pope John Paul II,” and actor “Seth Green.” Many of the figures look more somber than their makers likely intended: Boris Karloff seems a pensive, not violent, Frankenstein, while a blow-up doll named “Chastity” looks both proud and resigned. As the show’s title implies, Mr. Ribalta intended the dark portraits as an homage to German photographer August Sander.

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