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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

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    Ilona Szwarc: American Girls, 2011

Ilona Szwarc: American Girls

Posted by Charlotte Simmonds,

I have a confession to make. Yes, I am an American and yes, I once owned an American Girl doll. So it’s with duplicitous pride and shame that I present the work of photographer Ilona Szwarc , who moved to the US from Poland four years ago and must have thought we were all mad. For those who don’t know, American Girls are a catalogue-order mini-me that in the past two decades have become a borderline hysterical national craze. Of late Ilona has created this painfully engaging series of girl and doll portraits that ask so many questions about childhood, materialism and the fantasy of “american-ness.” Amazing.

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Posted by Charlotte Simmonds

Californian Charlotte joined us as an editorial intern after studying at New York university and London Metropolitan University. She wrote for the site between January and March 2012.