Biography

Acclaimed documentary photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender, and consumerism. Her clients range from Always, Chevy, Gatorade, Liberty Mutual, and American Express to The New York Times Magazine, W, Marie Claire, GQ, Elle, and New York. In 2014, #likeagirl, a short video she directed for Always, went viral, won a long list of awards, including an Emmy, and ignited an online debate about the subtle ways in which women and girls are undermined.

In 2012, Lauren’s first feature-length film, The Queen of Versailles, debuted in theaters, having won the Best Director Award in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance. The movie went on to box office success and critical acclaim, including receiving nominations for Best Documentary by the Directors Guild, the International Documentary Association, Critics Choice, and the London Critics Circle Film Awards. The film was also on more than 45 top 10 lists in the U.S. and the U.K.

Lauren previously directed three award-winning documentary films—THIN (HBO), kids + money (HBO), and Beauty CULTure (Annenberg Space for Photography)—and her series “Girl Culture,” “Fast Forward,” and “THIN,” have been published as monographs and widely exhibited and collected by leading museums around the world.

Lauren graduated from Harvard in 1987 and started her career as an intern for National Geographic. Since then, her photographs have regularly appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, GQ, and W, and her many awards include the ICP Infinity Award, the Hasselblad Grant, the Community Awareness Award from the National Press Photographers, and the Moscow Biennial People’s Choice Award. Lauren lectures at museums and universities around the world and serves on the Advisory Committee of Harvard University’s Office for the Arts. She is currently at work on a major museum exhibition and retrospective book entitled "Wealth: The Influence of Affluence."

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