Fable takes well-known fairy tales as its source of inspiration. This was the first time Slota worked with narratives other than his own and the first time he used color film. As with his earlier series True, these photographs are also entirely staged with actors, however this time with the benefit of a slender budget that allowed him to shoot in the woods of upstate New York. Slota’s use of pinking shears to produce scalloped edges is an allusion to illustrations from children’s books.

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