Inspired by magazine spreads and celebrity pinups, Natural Deceptions, the first book by Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick, is a biting yet witty sendup of popular portrayals of feminine beauty and sexuality. Krick’s photographs are fueled by a conflicting attraction and aversion to images of glamorous women. Along with her mother and sister, she poses for the camera, reimagining the highly formalized images that taught them what it meant to be beautiful. Krick favors a harsh flash and vivid color to accentuate the superficiality and the façade of glamour that are the hallmarks of fashion media. The resulting images, piercing portraits and fragmented studies of their stylized bodies, mimic the allure and artifice found in magazines while mocking the idea that such images are easy on the eyes. Krick’s charged photographs, enthralling as any glossy picture, portray beauty as at once synthetic, flawed, threatening, seductive and garish.

The first monograph by 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize Winner Natalie Krick

Softcover, perfect bound with diecut cover

64 pages, 35 plates, color offset printed, with 25 1/2 x 11 1/2 trifold poster insert

12x9 inches

Essay by Ann Friedman

Designed by Lara Shipley

First edition of 425 copies with a special edition of 35

ISBN: 978-0-9973859-2-2

Special edition includes a unique Fujicolor instant photograph and an original contact sheet, both signed by the artist