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Deanna Templeton’s “Only Once”

Jun 9 2005 / Thursday

etnies Girl is proud to present "Only Once," a Deanna Templeton solo photo exhibition at Museum het Domein in Sittard, Holland. Just shown at no44 Boutique in Paris in April, “Only Once” features large-scale black and white photographs from Templeton’s series of "autograph girls,” the young groupies who flock to skate events in Southern California. The show opened June 3, 2005, and will be open to the public until July 24, 2005.

Templeton’s photographs capture young women proudly displaying the autographs they've collected at skate events. At first glance, these images simply seem merely to document one of the many subcultural rituals in the U.S.; however, upon further examination, Templeton's photographs raise interesting questions about women and their bodies, how they’re portrayed in the media, and how, at times, they freely participate in their own objectification. The skaters have literally left their mark—almost as a mark of ownership or a kind of branding—on the bodies of these young women, scrawling their names across their bodies, often on their bras or breasts. In turn, the young women are delighted, beaming with pride at the camera.

Married to Ed Templeton since 1991 and shooting photos seriously since 1998, Deanna Templeton is intimately familiar with the skate subculture and documents this world as one of its insiders. Art critic Valerie Palmer writes in Venus, "Deanna Templeton's photographs are like a female conscience watching over America's counterculture."

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