Dina Goldstein is a Canadian photographer working with large-scale tableau, exploring elements of the human condition through the lens of pop surrealism. Goldstein’s career began as a photojournalist and editorial and commercial photographer. She describes her early work as photoanthropology, through which she documented and exhibited portraits of Palestinians, gamblers, teenagers, weightlifters, wrestlers, and various other subcultures.
Goldstein was inspired by personal events when she created the highly conceptual Fallen Princesses series (2007–09). The series questions the “happily ever after” motif created by Disney and Western society. The project was a huge online success and continues to go viral.
She continued with a tradition of fine-detailed productions with her second major body of work, In the Dollhouse (2012), a ten-part sequential narrative that takes place within a very pink adult-sized dollhouse belonging to Barbie and Ken. . Dina recently released Gods Of Suburbia (2014), her most complex photographic initiative to date. Goldstein has won numerous awards including the Arte Laguna Grand Prize, which invited her to attend a residency in India. She was awarded the Prix Virginia in 2014, an international photography prize for women, and invited to Paris to mount an exhibition.