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Ilana Panich-Linsman June 4, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Teen Party, Brooklyn 2009

Ilana Panich-Linsman (b. 1984, USA) is a documentary photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Scripps College in Claremont, California and is a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program and also studied at the Maine Photographic Workshops. Most recently, she attended the 2009 Eddie Adams Workshops, Barnstorm XXII. Ilana was awarded the Director’s Fellowship from the International Center of Photography and was also a finalist at the New York Photo Awards in 2009. In June 2010, Ilana’s work will be on display at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hannover, Germany.

About the Photo:

“Fifteen is a photo essay examining a small corner of female teenage culture. These young women have grown up in a society saturated with images that they read and use in their own coded manner. By creating a persona, they mimic adult behaviors such as language and dress. Their exaggerated gestures and expressions are their language to this abstract time in their lives. In this photo the girls attended a party in Bushwick, Brooklyn hosted by older teenagers, who were unknown to them. They paid five dollars at the door. They were able to drink and smoke without anyone batting an eye. One of the girls in the background flirts with an older boy, and in the foreground, one of the boys in the group flagrantly smokes pot as the music pulses off beer-stained floorboards. All of this, and then home by 11 p.m.”

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