Magazine article Herizons

HEROINES by Lincoln Clarkes

Magazine article Herizons

HEROINES by Lincoln Clarkes

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ANVIL PRESS, 2003

Heroines is an unlikely collection of models. Photographer Lincoln Clarkes' presentation of women who lived in Vancouver's Downtown East Side is, in some ways, oddly similar to the presentation of women photographed in fashion magazines. Clarkes' fashion statement made me wonder, "What is the difference here?"

The women photographed in Heroines, like many featured in fashion spreads, are deathly thin. Drug are another common backdrop. As well, both groups sell sex, literally and aesthetically. However, the comparison ends there. Fashion models are paid for their emaciated appearance. Put on make-up, expensive clothes and plop in an exotic backdrop, and voila! These women are revered.

Clarkes' Heroines are women who have been sidelined. They chose their poses for Clarkes' photos, but they did not choose their lifestyle. The book has 109 images, captured through Clarkes' lens since 1998. They represent a portion of the more than 400 women he photographed. …

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