1. James Mollison Launches Playground Book and Exhibits at Aperture Foundation New York

    James Mollison’s new book ‘Playground’ is now out and in conjunction with its publication Aperture Foundation is currently presenting an exhibition of the series.

    From Aperture’s press release: ‘Mollison’s photo projects are defined by smart, original concepts applied to serious social and environmental themes. For Playground, Mollison photographed 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. Various scenes of laughter, tears, and games demonstrate the intense experiences which happen in the playground. 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, numerous middle schools, and some high 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. The photographs will be available through Aperture Foundation. Sales proceeds support the Foundation’s public and book-publishing program.’

    To find out more and order a copy of the book on the Aperture website click here.

    JAMES MOLLISON Playgrounds
    April 16 - June 25, 2015
    Aperture Foundation
    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
    New York, NY 10001

    All photographs by James Mollison. From top to bottom:
    Westminster School, London, March 17, 2010
    Virani Deaf and Dumb School, Rajkot, Gujarat, India, November 27, 2012
    Aida Boys School Bethlehem, West Bank, September 8, 2013
    Dechen Phodrang Thimphu, Bhutan, November 24, 2011
    Cadet School of the Heroes of Space Moscow September 19, 2014
    Kroo Bay Primary Freetown, Sierra Leone, January 17, 2013
    School #2013, Moscow, September 22, 2014
    Shohei Elementary School, Tokyo, September 8, 2011
    Ugo Foscolo Elementary School, Murano, Venice March 21, 2014
    Gram Panchayat School Ludiya, Kutch, Gujarat, India November 30, 2012
    Valley View School Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya, January 19, 2011
    Utheim Skole Kårvåg, Averøy, Norway April 25, 2012
    Inglewood High School, Inglewood, California November 3, 2011
    Affiliated Primary School of South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China June 13, 2014