Leslie Krims occupies a unique and essential role in the history of American photography. From over forty years he has been questioning stereotypes, social movements, religious and sexual taboos of the American consumer society. Through the perspective of his camera, Krims reveals the weaknesses and the flaws of his nation in an ironic and irreverent way.
His artistic universe is composed of images with a surrealistic and provocative atmosphere, populated by electric Minnies, dwarfs and iconoclastic symbols, which constantly question our perception, for example immortalizing his own naked mother. Mid Sixties his work raised a political scandal, that made his most emblematic photograph ("Mom's Snaps", a homage to his mother, standing on a chair with portraits of her son attached to her body) to be removed by a governative commission. Among his production the three most known series of works are: "The Little People of America" (1971), "The Deerslayers" (1972) and "The Incredible Case of the Stack O'Wheat Murders" (1972).
"What I did was to laugh at the most radical aspects of a culture. I have enlightened behaviors and extremist tendencies in an absolutely sarcastic way. It's not surprising that my photographs are more positively accepted in Europe than in the Usa, but sometimes not properly understood as a means of cultural criticism. What I have created is pure satire".