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[B] Deborah Brights’s photo series “Dream Girls” is fascinating on so many levels. What is it that most films of the classical hollywood cinema are missing? … You’re absolutely right … butch lesbians.
In her series ‘Dream Girls’, Deborah Bright casts an ingeniously literal visualization of ‘subjective’ fantasy in the idiom of ‘public’ film culture. ‘Dream Girls’ is a series of altered film production stills featuring female stars of the lesbian pantheon. In one image, Bright visualizes her own adolescent fantasy […], putting herself in the Hepburn-Tracy ‘scene’ even as she’s literally ‘behind’ it as its author. Inserting her own butch figure in the picture, Bright disrupts the inert, clichéd quality of the movie still, offering a reading of the exclusion of lesbians from such a ‘picture’. […] The fit between the iconography of the stills and historically specific ‘dyke’ codes is striking. (Source: Patricia White - unInvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability)