Real, yes, but something tells us that these beings are not fully human. There is a disenganged, robotic quality to them. Yet Eva Lauterlein’s subjects are real, and human – to a degree. Or rather to several degrees. Their faces and bodies are computer-aided reconstructions from photographs of real men and woman she knows, with as many as forty different photographs employed. Lauterlein might well have gone on to create freaks, but in her serie (re)creations she cleverly skirts the line between attraction and repulsion.

From Face: The New Photographic Portrait, 2006

William A.Ewing with Nathalie Herschodorfer

Thames & Hudson