PLAYGROUND by James Mollison
James Mollison's photo projects are based on smart, original concepts applied to serious social and environmental themes. For his latest book, Playground, Mollison has photographed children at play in school playgrounds, inspired by memories of his own childhood, and interested in how we all learn to negotiate relationships and our place in the world at a young age through play. For each picture, Mollison sets up his camera during school break time, making multiple frames, and then composing each final photograph from several scenes, in which he finds revealing "play" narratives. With photographs from rich and poor schools, in countries including Argentina, Bhutan, Bolivia, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Norway, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom and the USA, Mollison also provides lively access for readers of all ages to issues of global diversity and inequality.
James Mollison was born in Kenya. His photographs have been featured widely in such publications as Colors, the New York Times Magazine, and Paris Review. He has also published several books, among them James and Other Apes (2004), The Disciples (2008), and Where Children Sleep (2010).
25 x 2 x 32 cm