Carrie M. Becker (b. 1978, St. Louis, MO), is a contemporary photographer. She
is best known for her 2011 body of work, “Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse”, a
viral collection of images that imagined the titular hero as a hoarder.
Post undergrad, Becker spent seven years learning commercial photography in
Chicago. After moving to Kansas for graduate school, she received an MFA in
sculpture. Firstly working as textile installation artist, Becker won a residency to
the prestigious McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC, where she
expanded her plastic and nylon installations, “Emergent Structures”.
In 2010 she returned home to St. Louis. Deciding to combine her studio lighting
and three dimensional design backgrounds, she began hand-building and
photographing 1/6th scale dioramas. To create these trompe l’oeils, materials
such as craft sticks, coffee stirrers, foam board were used, and the scenes were
photographed at low angles. ”Collyer’s Dollhouse’ ‘and “Lilliputian Entropy”
followed BTHD, and depicted the interiors of both simple and lavish abandoned
homes. She shoots with a Nikon dSLR.
Previously Ms. Becker’s teaching experience has included photography and
design classes at Forest Park and Lewis & Clark community colleges. She is
represented by the Shearburn Gallery, and her work as been featured in TIME,
Huffpost, and BUST, as well as on PBS and KSDK. She lives in a Victorian home
in South City with her husband and two cats.