When asked what you regard as beautiful, you might think of open fields, mountain ranges and even a work of architectural art. But what about an operating room? Photographer Cara Phillips takes us on a journey into the fascinating world of cosmetic surgery in her book Singular Beauty. The concept comes from Phillips’ experience of beauty magazines showing “retouched fashion editorial” photos followed by ads for cosmetic surgery.
As Slate explains, “rather than sensationalise the violence of the procedure, the tools of the trade are photographs in a synthetic and sleek manner that we’re accustomed to when seeing images of a beautiful body altered by cosmetic surgery.”