SANTA MONICA, 1993. Mijanou, 18, who was voted Best Physique at Beverly Hills High School, skips class to go to the beach with friends on the annual Senior Beach Day. (Photo: Lauren Greenfield / Institute)

Lauren Greenfield

“The most important part of the picture and the project was that it helped me find my voice, and I have been drawing inspiration from the creative direction of that early work ever since.”


Emmy-award-winning photographer/filmmaker Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender and consumerism as a result of her monographs (“Girl Culture,” “Fast Forward,” “THIN”) and documentaries (“THIN,” “kids+money,” “Queen of Versailles”). “Queen of Versailles” opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won Greenfield the Best Documentary Director Award. Her viral ad #LikeAGirl swept commercial awards, including 14 Cannes Lions 2015, was named 3rd Best Ad of the Decade, and earned Greenfield the #1 director/Most Awarded Director by AdAge, the first woman to top this list. Her photographs have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Time, GQ and The Guardian, and have won many awards, including the ICP Infinity Award, the Hasselblad Grant, the Community Awareness Award from the National Press Photographers Association and the Moscow Biennial People’s Choice Award. Her latest work, “Generation Wealth,” was released as a monograph (Phaidon) to rave reviews. The accompanying exhibition was made in collaboration with the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, where it opened spring 2017. It is now on view at the International Center of Photography in NY until January 2018. It will subsequently travel to the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, the FotoMuseum in the Hague and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Greenfield is currently working on two new feature-length documentaries for Amazon Studios, and an untitled film for Showtime.