kathy osborn photography

posted by the scholar on January 9th, 2008
filed under: art, photography

i’m frequently overwhelmed by the consistently heartbreaking themes of loneliness and isolation in photo collections that involve dolls. maybe i’ve never any seen happy doll photography, but despite this, i am telling you straight up that it freaks me out. and yet, it also makes me want to stare and stare, and then stare some more. now may i present to you at these dollhouse photographs from brooklyn artist kathy osborn please? kathy is an accomplished illustrator whose work has been featured in many popular magazines and children’s books, but this collection of photos has a much more mature theme. i love the private scenes that we are peeping on, and appreciate the dark themes that lurk and crash against the seemingly innocent pastel colors. and i really love the lighting and art direction!






see more of kathy’s photography right here, and make sure to view her beautiful illustrations on her website.

(ed. note: as an aside, can i just tell you how much i love the beholder, the site where you can find kathy’s photos? suzanne shade is such an excellent curator and thoughtfully presents a well-edited variety of contemporary paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media, which is available for sale. she takes a fraction of the amount a traditional gallery would receive when a piece is sold, and is frequently on the hunt for new artists to represent, fyi.)

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6 Responses to “kathy osborn photography”

  1. sosser Says:

    i could stare and stare, too. i love these.

    (did you know i would?)

  2. the scholar Says:

    uh, yes. yes i did!

    did you know that i stared and stared at these before i wrote about them? 🙂

  3. Paul Pincus Says:

    I love Kathy’s work. Her covers for The New Yorker have always been incredible! Her recent children’s book with Gail Ablow (A Horse in the House)…well, buy it!…and, now, these remarkable, intense photographs, are both beautiful and haunting. The work stays with you.


  4. the scholar Says:

    hi paul,

    i see you featured kathy’s work in a post on your blog too. we are on the same page here. these photos are a real departure to me from her illustration pieces, and are like a window into a very private place in her imagination. i love them.

    thanks for stopping by!

  5. kimberley Says:

    wow, i really love these images. so much care has been put into the lighting alone. nice blog too!

  6. the scholar Says:

    hi kimberley,

    the lighting, the lighting… it’s just perfect isn’t it? this work is very special. i’m so glad you like it too!

    thanks for the visit!

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