Laurie Simmons is an American artist best known for her photography in which she stages scenes for her camera often using dolls, ventriloquist dummies, and objects on legs. She came to prominence in the mid-1970s, and is commonly discussed as part of The Pictures Generation, which includes such artists as John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Allan McCollum, Richard Prince, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman, among others.