This Lise Sarfati limited-edition photograph, entitled Kelly, West Sunset Blvd, 2010, is from her series On Hollywood. The focus of the series is the landscape of Los Angeles and the women who, after being ensnared by the allure of Hollywood, now find themselves struggling with harsh realities. Sarfati was inspired by French writer Guy Debord’s concept of “psycho-geographical wanderings”: roaming the boulevards of Hollywood, Sarfati studied how geographical surroundings can impact the emotional behavior of individuals. Focusing on banal locations such as street corners, parking lots, and corner stores, Sarfati photographed women who are on the fringe of society. While working she developed personal relationships with her subjects, which allowed her to capture their vulnerability. We see Sarfarti’s subject, Kelly, standing alone and isolated in a corner store; she evokes the canon of the anti-heroine. Sarfati captured this image using some of the last rolls of Kodachrome 64 color film, and its particular characteristics lend to Kelly the suggestion of 1940s-era Hollywood starlets. The Technicolor quality of the film contrasts the lackluster moment, heightening the tension between humdrum reality and old Hollywood glamour.
Lise Sarfati (born in France, 1958) currently resides in Paris. She earned a Master’s in Russian Studies from the Sorbonne, after which she moved to Russia and photographed for ten years. She has received numerous awards, including the Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography, New York, and the Prix Niépce. Sarfati is represented by Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and Rose Gallery in Los Angeles.
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