James Mollison - Playground

Author(s): James Mollison


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.

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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.--Priscilla Frank "Huffington Post "

General Fields

  • : 9781597113076
  • : Aperture
  • : Aperture
  • : 1.27
  • : April 2015
  • : 325mm X 249mm X 18mm
  • : United States
  • : June 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : James Mollison
  • : Hardback
  • : Jun-15
  • : English
  • : 779.092
  • : 136
  • : illustrations