80 colour photographs
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Love Me explores the insidious power of the global beauty industry and our collective insecurity, vanity and fear of ageing.
In a series of compelling images which lodge firmly in our consciousness, Love Me negotiates the boundaries of art and documentary, reflecting a world we have created in which there are enormous social, psychological and economic rewards and penalties attached to the way we look.
Over a period of fiveyears Zed Nelson visited seventeen countries across fivecontinents. In Love Me we meet cosmetic surgeons, anorexics, child beauty queens, bodybuilders, trainee models, housewives, porn stars, businessmen and soldiers signing up for breast implants.
Whilst Nelson’s subjects appear willing participants in an omnipresent culture of bodily improvement, they are also hapless victims – at the mercy of larger social forces and locked into their insatiable craving for approval. While the subject are exposed, so too are we the viewer; our motives for looking, for inspecting, along with uncomfortable reminders of our own vanities, insecurities and pretensions.
In Love Me, Zed Nelson has produced a powerful body of work that forces each and every one of us to question our own place in a culture that compels us to constantly judge, and be judged, by our appearance.
Zed Nelson is an internationally renowned photographer whose work has been published and exhibited internationally. Gun Nation, a disturbing reflection on America’s obsession with the gun, is probably Nelson’s best known project to date. Gun Nation was published in twelve countries and won five major international photography awards including First Prize, World Press Photo Competition; Visa d’Or, International Festival of Photojournalism, France; and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, USA. Nelson lives in London.