Coming of Age

Coming of Age is Petra Collins' latest book, featuring photographs from the young Canadian artist. Collins' work is known for its incredibly dreamy aesthetic and its exploration of a wide range of emotions.


About The Book

Since bursting onto the photography scene at the age of fifteen, the precocious Petra Collins has captured the hearts of the fashion world and art world alike. Collins champions an inclusive mode of representation in her influential work that inspires girls around the world to celebrate how they portray themselves, and their agency in creating their image. When Collins photographs her peers—women from their teens to their late twenties, often at home and in their own clothes—she captures a raw truth few other photographers can access. In her work and in revealing personal essays, published here for the first time, she channels today's femininity in flux. 

Images of friends and favorite women including Selena Gomez, Tavi Gevinson, Zendaya, Kim Kardashian, and others taken over the last five years reveal the joys, excitement, tedium, and madness of growing up online and in photographs. An introduction by Laurie Simmons explores the Lolita culture Petra mines, while a conversation with Marilyn Minter addresses the complicated nature of making work as a female creative between the realms of fashion and art. A portfolio of Petra’s latest, intensely colored works reflect her vision of emotional immediacy. Openly addressing issues of mental health, family instability, and loneliness, Petra’s words and images create space for an important dialogue beyond her lauded promotion of body positivity. Family photographs, editorial work, and letters from Petra’s collaborators form a deeply personal illustrated chronicle of Petra’s own coming of age.

Coming of Age can be found on Amazon


About the Authors

Petra Collins (born 1992) is a Canadian artist from Toronto, Ontario.  Laurie Simmons is an American artist, photographer and filmmaker. Marilyn Minter is an American artist currently living and working in New York City. Diana Veras and Barbie Ferreira are models and advocates for body positivity. Karley Sciortino is a New York-based author who writes a column for Vogue about sex and relationships. Jamia Wilson is a movement builder, storyteller, and feminist activist based in the United States. Alessandro Michele is creative director of Gucci. 

© Petra Collins: Coming of Age, by Petra Collins, Laurie Simmons, and Marilyn Minter, Rizzoli New York, 2017. 

PhotographyRyan Berg