“I took this photo while documenting the mid-century neighborhoods in Palm Springs for my first book. Unlike the other homes of the neighborhood, this one was hidden from view by tall landscaping, but I was attracted to the wacky sculptures on the front lawn. The owner came outside and asked what I was up to. I thought I was in trouble. Instead, he told me he was the creator of the Hollywood Cookie Diet and asked me if I would like to take photos of the rest of the property.” — Dolly Faibyshev
As an American born to Russian immigrants, the “vicarious fantasy of America” is an integral aspect of work by self-taught photographer Dolly Faibyshev (b. 1981). By examining the relationship of her family to their adopted homeland, Faibyshev documents those experiences in pictures, which explore the meaning of the American dream in all its forms. Her images reflect an obsessive sense of color, form, and an unconventional humor. Faibyshev’s first major series, Palm Springs, captured the archaic charm of iconic Palm Springs neighborhoods, resulting in an exhibition and publication, Palm Springs, Mid-Century Modern. She continues to examine themes rooted in Americana with her series Best in Show, a quirky look at Show Dogs and their handlers. Her portfolio continues to grow with her exploration of rodeos and nightclubs.
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