While Lynn Goldsmith is a renowned and respected photographer of actors, writers, rock stars, and other celebrities, her most intriguing work is arguably a collection of surreal self-portraits. These sublime and colorful compositions presented in In the Looking Glass animate Goldsmith’s creative spirit, humor, and introspective nature. The layered scenes echo the styles of Cindy Sherman and David LaChappele, with even more mischievous themes, detail, and imaginative settings.
While an artist as a larger-than-life character (Andy Warhol, for example) is hardly new, Goldsmith’s self-portraits do seem to fit with a very contemporary version of “reality” in which we have a plethora of reality TV shows, “true crime” dramas, and fake memoir bestsellers. Goldsmith’s self-portraits have no pretensions when it comes to candidness—they are clearly and cleverly staged. Readers and viewers will appreciate the theatrical, playful masquerade quality of Goldsmith’s work and enjoy the dichotomy of “self-portrait” and artifice.