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  • first I tough it’s lauren Greenfield’s work, nice images great project but somehow have a feeling like I’ve seen it before

  • Great body of work. A different and more personal approach to a teenage project. I just love this series. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lauren Greenfield must have instructed Ms. Matar very closely. Their work is very, very similar, almost interchangeable. Of course, Greenfield did hers years ago and remains the master of that style.

  • This is an answer to the comment by Crimson Avenger as I kind of take offense to it. Whereas I hugely respect Ms. Greenfield’s work, my work was in no way influenced by it. I have 2 teenage daughters of my own and this is how this project got started and how it evolved – from somewhere very personal. Ms. Greenfield tackles teenage girls issues indeed, but her work has a very different feel and purpose than my work does.

    Anyone could just visit our 2 websites and see how different the work and the intentions behind it are.

  • Our homes are spaces that tell much about us and in the case of a teenager mostly the only opportunity one has for self expression through decorating is in the bedroom. They’re intensely private and revealing spaces. This is a marvelous (and very well lit) look into these lives.

    I’m surprised at the comparisons to Lauren Greenfield — to suggest that because a subject (and really one so broad) has been photographed by one photographer any variation of it is off limits to anyone else is, I think, to misunderstand the tradition of photography. From Bill Owens Suburbia to Danny Lyons The Bikeriders or Adrienne Salinger, or Sally Mann, all these works come together to paint a larger picture, they’re each only pieces — and at our greatest, we’re all just one part of the picture.

    I used to think “I’d hang that on my wall” was the highest compliment I could pay to a photograph, but now I realize that there’s one higher which is “I wish I took that” — and I wish I took these. They’re wonderful.

  • I find Ms. Matar’s work very different from Ms.Greenfield’s actually. Greenfield’s work is more photojournalistic, documents girls in social situations, often girls with issues, such as eating disorders, girls struggling with issues of beauty and body image. The images in Ms. Matar’s series have a quiet and poetic feel to them. They are intimate portraits of girls in the safety of their own personalized surroundings. They feel collaborative and non-judgmental.

    Not every photographer who tackles a project involving teenage girls is influenced by, or should be compared to Lauren Greenfield.

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