by Gerry Mak in New Photography on Wednesday 31 March 2010

Phillip Toledano, whom we mentioned a while back for the lyrical yet heartbreakingly honest photographic style in his Days with My Father project, is also capable of creating staged and fantastical imagery, as with his Hope&Fear series. In many cases, he combines the two sensibilities. In A New Kind of Beauty, Toledano documents plastic surgery patients, drawing out both their ethereal qualities as well as their tragic humanity.