laurie simmons: the love doll laurie simmons: the love doll
feb 22, 2011

laurie simmons: the love doll

‘the love doll’ by laurie simmons (above) ‘the love doll/day 24 (diving)’, 2010 image © laurie simmons

photographer laurie simmons has created a life of capturing dolls, ranging from ventriloquist puppets to figures cut out from vintage illustrations. though staged in nature, her body of work revolves around animating these life-less subjects, providing a lively environment and often a comical narrative to the scene at hand.

(left) ‘the love doll/day 29 (nude with dog)’, 2011 (right) ‘the love doll/day 22 (20 pounds of jewelry)’, 2010 images © laurie simmons

with her most recent series, ‘the love doll’, she has upgraded to a life-size model custom-ordered from japan. shot in a range of scenes–reclined on a bed, jumping onto a stone wall, playing with a small dog on the floor–the silicone dolls are alarmingly realistic save for the unflinching expression and vacantness of their face. the overall mood of the series when coupled with the knowledge that the inanimate models are simply playing a role in a world that they don’t belong in, is one of loneliness and solitude. by personifying these dolls, simmons illustrates and abstracts the very human concept of feeling like you don’t belong.

‘laurie simmons – the love doll: days 1-30’, an exhibition of the series, is currently on display at the salon 94 bowery gallery in new york until march 26, 2011.

‘the love doll/day 11 (yellow)’, 2010 image © laurie simmons

‘the love doll/day 30/day 2 (meeting)’, 2011 image © laurie simmons

‘the love doll/day 20 (bride)’, 2010 image © laurie simmons

(left) ‘the love doll/day 4 (red dog)’, 2009 (right) ‘the love doll/day 9 (shiso soda)’, 2010 images © laurie simmons

‘the love doll/day 25 (the jump)’, 2010 image © laurie simmons

(left) ‘the love doll/day 8 (lying on bed)’, 2010 (right) ‘the love doll/day 14 (candy)’, 2010 images © laurie simmons ‘the love doll/day 1 (new in box)’, 2010 image © laurie simmons

  • looks like a dead! scary!

    Finn says:
  • disturbing and awesome

    nantes says:
  • Static perfection.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • Stacy Leigh has been shooting Life Size Love Dolls for more than 5 years!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And better than Laurie Simmons, IMO.

    see for yourself
    [url=http://www.StacyThePhotographer.com]Stacy Leigh the ORIGINAL love doll photographer[/url]

    A stacy Leigh fan! says:
  • the lad who shoots and catalogs them all has been shooting them since they were made….

    big deal says:
  • Wow. Stacy Leigh is a weird narcissist. Bitter much? Laurie Simmons has been photographing dolls for over 30 years. Should Laurie Simmons bother to sign herself the original doll photographer? Don’t think so.

    Dare Wright says:
  • I had to check twice. This is awesome, the expressions, the body language, the sex appeal. with dolls! Great. really great.

    freddyatali says:
  • Awesome pics..!!
    These love dolls are really cute.

    love dolls says:
  • Stacy Leigh work is horrible!!

    ss says:
  • @ss
    You’re insane or blind, Stacy Leigh’s work is SO much better than Laurie’s. A million times more interesting than the snapshots Laurie took.

    K from NYC says:
  • Stacy seems to do a good job for Abyss Creations, but she seems to be partial, according to a guy at a rival company known as Sinthetics. Plus Stacy seems to be obsessed with sex, to a much greater extent that we men are, which helps to explain why I recently wrote an article entitled In Defense of Men. (Don’t believe me? Just check out Stacy’s blog.) The guy at Sinthetics suggested that Stacy might be just a tad bitter towards Laurie, because Laurie had actually managed to publish a book called The Love Doll, and Stacy had failed to interest a publisher in her own book of doll photos. (Elena Dofrman also had a book of love doll photos, entitled Still Lovers, although it now seems to be out of print, according to a local bookstore.) I’ve been wanting to write my own illustrated book, to be entitled The Divine Art of the Love Doll. The book could sell in the art section of bookstores, because it would draw paralles between such dolls and the super-realistic sculptures by people like Duane Hanson and Marc Sijan. (Marc is still alive.)

    hamsterdolllover says:

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