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darksilenceinsuburbia:

Jim Goldberg

Raised by Wolves

1. USA. New York. 1992. “Echo’s Class Picture.”

2. USA. San Fernando Valley, Southern California. 1989. “April.” April points a gun at a picture of her old boyfriend, the father of her newborn baby. At this time she is living at her mother’s home in the San Fernando Valley, and there is a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend. He has been physically and emotionally abusive to her. The gun was purchased by her mother for her protection after he broke into her home and attacked her and April.

3. USA. Venice Beach, California. 1986. “Blade and Tank at the Beach.” Blade and Tank and their other friend at Venice Beach. Blade and Tank were in love and their friend was jealous. He wanted to be big and strong like Tank and he wanted to be the one dating a pretty girl. One year later, Blade left the streets and moved back with her father who then molested her.

4. USA. San Fernando Valley, Southern California. 1988. “Baby Angel, Funland Squat.” Sonya, her new boyfriend and her child from a different father. At this point I had known Sonya for 6 years from when she had been a street kid in San Francisco. She is now living at the Funland Squat, a house in the Valley that kids rent to get off the street by selling speed (metamphetamines).

5. USA. Hollywood, California. 1990. “Kato, Hollywood Boulevard.”

6. USA. Hollywood, California. 1988. “Dave Panhandling.” Tweeky Dave panhandles next to Marilyn Monroe’s star on Hollywood Boulevard, beside a McDonald’s. Dave weighs less than 100 pounds due to living on the street and being a junkie. He also claims this is because he has Leukemia.

7. USA. West Hollywood, Los Angeles. 1988. “Slamming Alcohol.” The Palms Hotel. Cookie, a street kid, having just discovered that she is pregnant, wants to celebrate. As no one has any speed or wants to go out and turn a trick, they turn to the only thing they do have - a quarter pint of 101 Bacardi Rum. They shoot up with this.

8. USA. Hollywood, California. 1988. “Under Highway 101, Hollywood.” Napoleon and Destiny have sex in their squat under the freeway.

9. USA. San Francisco, California. 1992. “Girl with No Name.” This girl is holding a crack pipe - so crazed that she searches every corner of the sidewalk, picking up white refuse, hoping it will be crack. She has broken an identification card in half and is rubbing the ink from it on her face.

10. USA. San Francisco. 1989. “Carl’s Jr., Summer of ‘89.”

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Krisanne Johnson

I Love You Real Fast

Swaziland

2006-2011

Coming of age for Swazi girls is tough. A tiny African nation of one million, Swaziland is ruled by one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies. Its age-old tradition of polygamy and its relaxed attitude toward sexuality have met in a devastating combination for women: Swaziland reports the highest percentage of HIV-positive people in the world, with the hardest hit being young women. For every two young Swazi women, one is HIV-positive. Life expectancy has dropped from 61 to almost 31 over the past ten years. I first went to Swaziland in 2006 to begin documenting the coming of age rites of young women living amidst the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The progression of this work has moved from traditional rites of passage to modern youth culture to intimate look inside the homes of HIV-positive women.

With this work Krisanne Johnson has received the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanitarian Photography 2011. She also has been selected for the second prize of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography 2009, and  she has obtained the 2009 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography.

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James Mollison - Where Children Sleep

Artist’s statement:

"Stories of diverse children around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances. From the start, I didn’t want it just to be about ‘needy children’ in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations. This is a selection from the 56 diptychs in the book."