Entry Title: "MOSCOW HIGH SOCIETY"
Name: Lauren Greenfield , United States
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay and Feature Story, Professional


Entry Description: Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russian wealth was synonymous with corruption, crime, and a vulgar seize of outrageous fortunes. Today, Moscow's newly-cultivated high society demands legitimacy, respect, and cultural recognition. Appropriating the tropes of earlier aristocracies, they even fabricate the illusion of an established history. Despite the very visible high society, Moscow is surrounded by poverty. A small strata of society is amassing fantastic fortunes, taking haute couture shows by storm, flaunting their wealth at debutante balls, and mingling at parties, fashion shows, and art openings while the poor are getting poorer.

About the Artist:

Lauren Greenfield Biography Photographer/filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has garnered critical acclaim documenting modern youth culture, examining pervasive phenomena from eating disorders and the obsession with body image, to the extreme effects of consumerism. Author of the groundbreaking books, Fast Forward, Girl Culture, and Thin, Greenfield has been named one of the 25 most influential photographers working today (American PHOTO). Her work appears regularly in The New York Times Magazine, London Sunday Times Magazine, Time, and GQ, and is in many museum collections including the SFMOMA, the Getty, LACMA, Art Institute of Chicago, ICP, the Smithsonian, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Greenfield directed and produced her first feature-length documentary film, THIN (HBO, 2006), about the treatment of eating disorders. THIN premiered at Sundance Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the London International Film Festival, and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Direction. Her follow-up, kids + money (HBO, 2008), was also selected by Sundance, and won the Cinema Eye Honor in Nonfiction filmmaking, the Audience Award at the AFI Film Festival, and the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Television Awards. Greenfieldʼs work was recently showcased in the Getty Museum’s historical exhibition, “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties” (along with Eugene Smith, Philip Jones Griffiths, Leonard Freed, Susan Meiselas, James Nachtwey, and Sebastiao Salgado.) She was a featured artist in the “Beauty Culture” exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, California, for which she was commissioned to direct a short film also entitled “Beauty Culture”, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Greenfield’s new feature-length film, “The Queen of Versailles”, was selected as the opening night film for Sundance 2012 and won her the Best Director Award in the U.S. Documentary competition. The film was acquired by Magnolia and will be released in theatres this summer. In 2009, she and her husband Frank Evers founded the Institute for Artist Management, an international multi-platform agency representing photographers and filmmakers. They live in Venice, California with their two sons.