James Mollison: Playground: Playground (Hardback)
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James Mollison: Playground: Playground (Hardback)

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Hardback 134 Pages / Published: 20/04/2015
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James Mollisons photo projects are defined by smart, original concepts applied to serious social and environmental themes. For his latest book, Playground, Mollison photographs children at play in their 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 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 U.S., Mollison also provides access for readers of all ages to issues of global diversity and inequality.

Publisher: Aperture
ISBN: 9781597113076
Number of pages: 134
Weight: 1260 g
Dimensions: 327 x 248 x 18 mm


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The photos recall the scenes of fun, embarrassment, relaxation, disappointment and anxiety that plague the playground for a growing brain. Although, in retrospect, the notion of playtime tends to acquire a rose-colored glow, Mollison reminds us of the intensity and calamity that often occurred between classes. The photographer set up his camera during school breaks, capturing multiple frames and then collapsing them into a single composite image, in which a constructed play narrative is created. "Huffington Post"

The images are stunning in their color and size, and use socio-economic, cultural and political elements as backdrops. "Wired"

His images capture the similarities of youthful play across social boundaries and national borders, but also the deep divides of class and privilege that are often put in place long before we re old enough to understand their implications. "Hyperallergic"

Like a living "Where s Waldo?" illustration, in each photograph are those echoes of different memories, both good and bad, in the chaotic schoolyard crowd. "Hyperallergic"

While on assignment, Mollison expanded the project to include schools in Kenya and eventually trekked around the world, photographing playgrounds in more than a dozen countries. He found an incredible diversity in the schools but, also, a universality in the children's play particularly with boys. "Metropolis Magazine" "


The photos recall the scenes of fun, embarrassment, relaxation, disappointment and anxiety that plague the playground for a growing brain. Although, in retrospect, the notion of playtime tends to acquire a rose-colored glow, Mollison reminds us of the intensity and calamity that often occurred between classes. The photographer set up his camera during school breaks, capturing multiple frames and then collapsing them into a single composite image, in which a constructed play narrative is created. -Huffington Post
The images are stunning in their color and size, and use socio-economic, cultural and political elements as backdrops. - Wired
His images capture the similarities of youthful play across social boundaries and national borders, but also the deep divides of class and privilege that are often put in place long before we're old enough to understand their implications. - Hyperallergic
While on assignment, Mollison expanded the project to include schools in Kenya and eventually trekked around the world, photographing playgrounds in more than a dozen countries. He found an incredible diversity in the schools but, also, a universality in the children's play--particularly with boys. -Metropolis Magazine

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