(American, b. 1948)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 20.9 x 22.7 cm (8 1/4 x 8 15/16 in.); Framed: 46.4 x 46.5 cm (18 1/4 x 18 5/16 in.)
The Jane B. Tripp Charitable Lead Annuity Trust 2020.73
Standards of beauty vary not only across cultures but also through time.
By compositing the faces of female movie stars from two different eras, Nancy Burson helps us see how the type of face considered photogenic and therefore beautiful changed over the space of just a couple of decades. Curiously, creating digital composites of women took Nancy Burson longer than producing composites of men because women’s hairstyles are much more varied.
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