The richly detailed and exquisitely composed photographs of Holly Andres explore the complexities of the teenage mind on the verge of adulthood. Using the formal and thematic conventions of Nancy Drew, Alfred Hitchcock, and 1970s horror films, Andres places her subjects in the center of a mystery. The resulting photographs — in series like The Fallen Fawnand Sparrow Lane, are playfully dark scenes. With mysterious titles like The Contents of a Suitcase, The Missing Bird, and The Forbidden Bedroom, her photographs showcase an iconography of spellbound languor and menace, elucidating coded rites of passage and the loss innocence.
Holly Andres was born in 1977. Her work has been shown in major gallery exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta. She’s a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The New Yorker, and The California Sunday Magazine.