Bat Mitzvah Dance, Knickerbocker Hotel, (1991/2003)
Of the work that I've seen by Pinney, my favorite is a series which spans over a decade, of photographs of her daughter Emma standing perching upon the cellar of their home, titled the Cellar Door Series. I initially like these works for the composition, color and form - but upon discovering that they were serial, I couldn't help but love them more. These photographs are presented as a candid documentation of a girl becoming a woman, coming to terms with her identity through tropes such as style, posture, and pose. There is something so forward and incredibly stunning about these, watching a child mature with each click of the shutter.
Emma at Nine (Cellar Door), 2004 via source
Emma at Ten (Cellar Door), 2005 via source
Melissa Ann Pinney recently compiled and published a book of photographs that was released last month, titled Girl Ascending. Find it here!