James Mollison: Playground at Aperture Gallery

Image above:  ©James Mollison, Holtz High School, Tel Aviv, Israel. Courtesy of Aperture Gallery. 


In conjunction with the publication of the book Playground, featuring photographs by James Mollison, Aperture Foundation presents an exhibition of the series. 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.

James Mollison PortraitJames Mollison at Aperture Gallery during the opening night. 


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.

St. Mary of the AssumptionElementary School,Brookline, Massachusetts©James Mollison, St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary School, Brookline, Massachusetts. Courtesy of Aperture Gallery. 


Mollison at Aperture-6At Aperture Gallery during the opening night.


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.

Mollison at ApertureAt Aperture Gallery during the opening night. 


Dechen Phodrang,Thimphu, Bhutan©James Mollison, Dechen Phodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan. Courtesy of Aperture Gallery. 


Inglewood High School, Inglewood, California©James Mollison, Inglewood High School, Inglewood, California. Courtesy of Aperture Gallery. 


Valley View School,Mathare, Nairobi,Kenya©James Mollison, Valley View School, Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya. Courtesy of Aperture Gallery. 


Yuka Uchiba and Santiago StelleyYuka Uchiba and Santiago Stelley at Aperture Gallery during the opening night. 


All Opening Images by Paul McLaren.

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