Thinspiration: Exploring the Use of Photography on Pro-Anorexia Websites

July 16, 2013

By Dzana Tsomondo

© Laia Abril

"Real girl anorexic bones click to enlarge. Warning shocking image." The titles of Laia Abril's images are taken from pro-anorexia websites. Click on the Photo Gallery link below to see more images.

Looking through Laia Abril’s self-published “fanzine,” Thinspiration, part of a long-term photography project on eating disorders, I am reminded of an essay that compared anorexia nervosa to extreme mountain climbing. Both push the limits of the human body and share the extremely high risk of death or permanent injury while testing the power of the mind to hold sway over...

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