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This is Blythe Paperback – June 15, 2000

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About the Author

Gina Garan a New York-based photographer and video producer, met Blythe by chance. She owns all of Blythe's original outfits, and lovingly customizes her clothing and hair.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; True First Edition edition (June 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811828239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811828239
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Megan Halliday on April 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
If a fun collection of photos featuring one of the most kitschy-cool odd-ball dolls wasn't enough, THIS IS BLYTHE is inspiring. The way Gina Garan shoots photos of her big eyed dolls they definitely seem to have personalities of their own. With more spark than most super-models, and more spunk than a whole aisle of Gen-X Barbie dolls! Photographs of this elusive doll from the 1970's would be interesting enough on their own, but with the unexpected locations (like in the mouth of a tiger at the Siegfried and Roy monument, or posing au naturel in front of Hooters) combined with the quirky subject matter (Blythe's the only doll I've heard of that can change her eye color from pink to orange with the pull of a string). Prude, sassy, sophisticated, glamorous, edgy, shy, apprehensive, innocent- are all conveyed not only by this dolls ability to change eye color and position. It is done with with the fabulous costumes, settings, and Gina's ability to almost animate Blythe with her unique style of photography. The book is interesting and whimsical, colorful and humorous. It has a very arty/innovative feel and a super-slick layout, but doesn't ever lose touch with the sweet and simple feeling that this girl is just playing with her dolls. Anyone who loves books about pop-culture, has an affinity for the unusual, appreciates dolls, or is simply looking for a book that is one-of-a-kind and inscrutably appealing,,, this is it! After flipping through the the book again and again, I kept remembering something from the last line of the introduction, and how it really holds true. It's that,"Blythe reminds you to embrace the rare and unique", qualities of who we are-- and that's exactly why this book is a gem!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Blythe is a wonderful doll, with a personality all her own. Blythe has been caputured in these photos beautifully by Gina Garan! Check out one of Gina's lovely photobooks, like this one "This is Blythe", or try "Dear Blythe Love Gina" or "Dear Blythe, Love Gina II"
For 30 years, Blythe was like a forgotten child, that no one seemed to remember. Gina saw in Blythe what no one else did... a quirky, yet charming inner beauty, and a distinct personality.
Once you own a Blythe doll, you will find that she somehow becomes your obesssion!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Douglas Vollmer on July 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found the stark beauty of the images in Garan's, This is Blythe to be uncannily seductive. No reader will leave this book without the eerie feeling that Blythe is in fact still out there, continuing her worldwide pilgrimage which photographer Garan just happened to momentarily commune. No reader will ever look into those big, multifaceted doll eyes without seeing the somewhat sinister, existential quality that lies just within the plastic iris. We hitch a ride with Blythe on her journey but alas, she is immortal and we are not. Not being a "doll person" I was at first reluctant to admit that such a book would interest me but I have to say that Miss Garan has done an extraordinary job of creating a piece of artwork from an almost forgotten Pop culture artifact. When considering the photography I am immediately aware of an innovative hybrid style. I can only compare it to the appropriation of photojournalism by fashion photographers in the 1970's where the thing of beauty is juxtaposed with the raw and visceral; a beautifully adorned women on a tattered "third world" city street. In this way, and with Blythe as our priestess/guide, we explore the meaning of set and setting. A mundane Puerto Rican front porch is transformed into a resplendent altar to Blythe, a forgotten graveyard becomes a temple of glowing alabaster, and a block of ice, the tomb of some prehistoric goddess. I give, This is Blythe, my top ratings for its visual beauty and it's sociological relevance and eagerly await Miss Garan's next offering from the "world where dolls rule."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss D. AwesomePants on August 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
This lil photography book is beautiful and haunting. The colors are wonderful (and reminicent of David LaChapelle or John Waters), and little Blythe's beautifully color-changing eyes set the mood of each photo.
Now i just wish i had a Blythe doll myself...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chi Shopper on August 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a Blythe lover, and was quite excited to receive this book as a gift. While I feel sort of bad giving a bad review to a gift, I was beyond stunned that this book had only glowing 4 (but mostly 5!) star reviews. Believe me, I realize what I'm getting into here, and recognize that this review will most likely be battered about with comments telling me I don't know what I'm talking about. So be it. This is simply one chick's opinion that happens to completely oppose every other review here so far. I don't mind being unpopular.

Blythe dolls (and any 1/6 figures) make fantastic models. Blythe herself is amazingly expressive, and can really be brought to life through photos, despite the lack of articulation on her stock body. But none of the pictures in this book do Blythe dolls any sort of justice. There is no emotion, no imagination here. These photos are dull, in every sense of the word.

These pictures fall short of what I would expect from the most amateur photographer, in both technical skill and artistry. Many of the pictures are grainy, murky, and look as though they are blown up from far smaller photographs. Maybe this is actually the case, but if so, I would think the poor quality would make them unacceptable to publish. I would be far too embarrassed to share these images with the world. The quality is just terrible.

If you really love Blythe photography, just do a quick Flickr search. You will find insanely beautiful and creative Blythe photos that this book cannot hold a candle to.
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