Random New Yorkers Dressed As Antique Dolls

Photographer Annie Collinge trawled the streets of New York in order to find striking strangers who would be willing to dress up as one of her antique dolls for her new book Five Inches of Limbo.

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The book, which is designed by Claire Huss, takes its inspiration from Margaret Atwood’s Five Poems for Dolls. The idea came to Collinge when she came across a doll that had characteristics akin to a superhero, while digging through a New York flea market. And so the seed for Five Inches of Limbo was sown, where for the next few years Collinge would approach strangers both above and below the streets of New York to ask if they would be willing to have their portrait taken as one of her dolls. All were willing participants apart from two people who said no – which isn’t bad going considering!

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The photographs show the juxtaposed portraits of both doll and real life model in the same attire, and are presented alongside five short poems by Magaret Atwood. Collinge succeeded in capturing an uncanny realism in the portraits.

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They encapsulate the playful nature of these unique New Yorkers and are in essence, both charming and slightly eerie.

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Get Five Inches of Limbo at London’s Ti Pi Tin book store, or grab yourself a signed, limited-edition copy here.