Modern Mona Lisas: the strange, beautiful work of Shanna Allyn. Her deadpan work showcases natural women amongst jarring, postmodern props. -The Minnesota Daily. “Allyn’s photographs are not the kind we typically see here at National Geographic, but they certainly stopped us in our tracks by daring to be different. We love the quirk and the way these made us furrow our brows. They are truly strange, and truly beautiful.”

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 I love how photographer Shanna Allyn controverts the sexualization of women by transforming ingenues into modern day gargoyles.  It would require less than the fingers of two hands to count the number of artists who provide such intelligent visual commentary on women.  Her merger of beauty and the beast is stimulating and in the same vein as Jean Michael Basquiat’s Mona Lisa.   

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“MULTIMEDIA ARTIST SHANNA ALLYN MAKES LADIE’S PRETTY & ODD.”  — Frankie magazine, Australia

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Allyn describes her style as “dead pan, Mona Lisa inspired. Strange but also beautiful.” Each image has a strong composition, lovely light, and some bizarre element that makes my head tilt. Allyn takes common objects like pennies or eggs out of context to create each strangely beautiful portrait. —National Geographic

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