Photographer Uses 19th Century Technique To Create Impressive Portraits Of Old Barbie Dolls

Artificial beauty.

Remember Lammily, the "real" version of Barbie? This revolutionary fashion doll with realistic human proportions was probably one of the bigger shake-ups in the history of Barbie dolls and toys in general.

Since it might take some time for Lammily to kick off (although 17,000 pre-orders is not a bad start), take a look at this photo series that strives to make Barbie a little more lifelike. 


Paris-based photographer Hamid Blad created a series of black and white portraits featuring a variety of Barbie dolls.

According to Blad, his goal was to bring the dolls to life and demonstrate their plastic faces' full potential for charisma and character.

To give his "models" even more depth and realism, Blad used the collodion process, a photographic technique introduced in the 19th century.

Using collodion and a cold UV light, Blad says he was able to eliminate their artificiality and expose their imperfections.

The photographer says he gathered these dolls from various places: some were donated by friends, others found on eBay or at flea markets.

It's interesting how this series reveals the differences between the Barbie dolls themselves, as if they were truly human.

"I realized that some dolls are very different from others... certain ones were more photogenic. On casting I was only guided by the dolls I liked—the photogenic quality superseded," Blad told Slate.

Did "Barbie Blad" give you a new perspective on the famous fashion doll? Share your opinion in the comments.

To see more of Blad's work, visit his website and follow him on Facebook.

(H/T: Slate)

Like this post? Click the share buttons below!


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.