“Thin” is an in-depth photographic documentation about the treatment of eating disorders. In 1997, while on assignment for Time, Greenfield began documenting the lives of patients at the Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Florida, a forty-bed residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders. She subsequently returned to Renfrew to take more photographs, and was eventually given unprecedented access to film the daily lives of patients. Thin provides a window into the complicated and difficult process of treatment, the culture of rehab, and the experience of struggling with an eating disorder. The result is an experiential and emotional journey that allows a greater understanding of the complexity of eating disorders; that they are not simply about food or body image or self-esteem, but a tangle of personal, familial, cultural, and mental health issues.
Author of the critically acclaimed Fast Forward,Girl Culture, and Thin, Lauren Greenfield was named by American Photo as one of the 25 most influential photographers working today. A member of the VII Photo Agency, her work appears regularly in The New York Times Magazine,Time, and Elle, and is in many museums and private collections. Her photography has been honored by awards and grants including the ICP Infinity Award, a Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and the People’s Choice Award at the Moscow Biennial.
In 2004, Greenfield directed and produced her first feature-length film, THIN, about the treatment of eating disorders. THIN premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, and won Grand Jury Prizes at the London, Boston, and Newport International Film Festivals. The film broadcast on HBO, where it was highly rated, and earned her an Emmy nomination for Best Direction.
Her second film, a documentary short entitled kids + money, was selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2008, and has won the Audience Award at the AFI Film Festival, the Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Hugo Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Television Awards. “kids + money” will broadcast on HBO in December 2008.