Erica Martin photographs young girls with their look alike dolls. In this series, Martin presents images of contemporary American girls, exploring her constant themes of age and identity. The girls dress themselves and their doll avatars, looking at the camera with a self possession and clarity of identity belying their years, on the cusp of adulthood at age seven, simultaneously innocent, hopeful, and wise.
Born in the city of angels, Erica Martin fell in love with photography using a Brownie film camera when she was a teenager, and has had a camera in her hand ever since. She has studied photography at Hampshire College with Jerome Liebling, at the International Center for Photography in New York, and at the Julia Dean School, with Phil Borges, Mary Ellen Mark, and Aline Smithson, and her work has been exhibited in New York City and Los Angeles.
In addition to her photography, she is an environmental attorney, working to prevent pollution and the mother of two children. Her work and parenting informs her photography, exploring themes of identity, transformation, and the paradox of human existence captured at a moment in time. Erica photographs people in their surroundings, their rituals and the manifestations of their interior lives.
She lives and works in Los Angeles, her hometown.