Loretta Lux

With the right models and deft computer work, her images both haunt and intrigue

© Loretta Lux. Courtesy of Torch Gallery, Amsterdam and Yossi Milo Gallery, NY

The Waiting Girl, 2006.

HYPNOTIST Stare into the eyes of a Loretta Lux portrait long enough, and you're bound to feel both completely mesmerized and completely spooked. Lux's starkly pale, prepubescent subjects haunt the viewer from inside the image as if they were hiding some terrible secret. Remarkably captivating yet exceedingly eerie--the formula has turned the German photographer into an art-world phenom, earned her the coveted Infinity Award for Art from the International Center of Photography and made her a millionaire.

A former painter, Lux, 38, brings her images to life with the attention to form, shape and color that she learned at the easel....

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