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Disturbing fairy tale black and white photos

Fairy tales of the past were often full of macabre and gruesome twists and endings.  Miwa Yanagi is a Japanese photographic artist. Miwa Yanagi creates an elaborate, thoroughly thought out, and often costly staged event using female models ranging in different ages. These female models may display ages quite different from their own in the photos. The end result is a surrealistic image of everyday life.

These pictures and ideas are not for everyone. There are disturbing images and suggestions of the ‘gruesome nature behind fairy tales’ in this artist’s work. I am posting what I consider to be the least disturbing of her photographs from the exhibit titled “Fairy Tale”.

photo source: yanagimiwa.net


  1. Finally a photographer unafraid of the of the beauty of the macabre, many have attempted, few have succeeded. I would have loved to see more of Miwa Yanagi’s portfolio. The surreal images suchlike Akira Kurosawa’s DREAMS only in black&white.
    Be seeing you.

  2. Wow they are really something, I suppose it takes all sorts!

  3. Phil Panton says:

    These photos are damn good, we cant always shove disturbing stuff under the carpet, we need to look at it and not project it on to our neighbour. These photos are evocative, imaginative and take me back to the real meaning of powerful fairy tales (such as the brothers Grimm) from childhood. Excellent.

  4. Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard says:

    Wow! These are great photos, they almost show us how these fairy-tales looked like… Though I prefer more unusual characters (like some from my books: weightless korks, glowing, living balls, Brown faces, fiery men, one-eyeds, night fruit, rock pieces, fish-keepers, etc, as the ordinary from classical, old fairy tales are too ordinary already), these really brought me years ago, when I read these stories and felt so inspired by some of them… Do you have a photo ot 2 of some mermaids? The most gracious creatures one could see? Keep the good work going! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sounds in your ears! (a greeting of the water dragons’ hunters – my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).

  5. MalikTous says:

    As a reader of ‘early version’ tales, Andersen and the brothers Grimm were quite nasty in their compilations. These don’t surprise me, but many of them are a bit hard to discern.

  6. Great pics. Very disturbing … everybody from the office came to see them :). Can anybody name each of them? We can’t seem to figure out all of them.

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