“In Johnson’s intense and poignant photographs, some of her young subjects gaze at the camera unflinchingly, while others smile joyfully, but all seem validated by her camera. These are not privileged children, but by the close of Johnson’s volume, their intimate and compelling images and words make us question received notions of privilege. – from the introduction by Professor Mary M. Burke, University of Connecticut and author of Tinkers: Synge and the Cultural History of the Irish Traveller. American photographer Jamie Johnson has devoted her over 20-year career to photographing children and the process of growing up. In 2014 she was invited to Ireland to document the Irish Travellers, a nomadic, ethnic minority that have lived on the margins of Irish society for centuries. She was introduced to a group of Travellers at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair and Festival, an annual event in County Galway where Travellers from Ireland and Europe come to set up camps, reunite with family and friends, and sell puppies and ponies. The children are left to run footloose and fancy free with dolls, animals, and...
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