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This image is emblematic of Chinese society in light of the country's modernization. The composition parallels the figures of the children with the skyline, making poignant the contrast between young members of society and its infrastructure.

Yu Xiao,  Nursery Rhymes 01, Going to School, 2012, epson Ultra Giclee, various sizes. Courtesy 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing



Israeli photographer Michal Chelbin traveled around Ukraine to shoot prisoners. The girls pictured, who seem at first glance like average children, are actually in a juvenile prison.

Michal Chelbin, Masha, sentenced for violence; and Sveta, sentenced for theft. Juvenile prison for girls, Ukraine, 2009. Courtesy Andrea Meislin Gallery



Bill Owens, a Guggenheim fellowship recipient, is known for his scenes of American suburbia, such as this photograph of a woman and several children at a McDonald's.

Bill Owens, McDonald's modern day care center..., 1975. Courtesy PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX.



Taken from a railroad car, this image is part of the exhibition "A Period of Juvenile Prosperity," which comprises pictures Mike Brodie took during the three years he spent hitchhiking and hopping trains in the United States. Other pictures show his friends sleeping, smoking, and maneuvering (rather riskily) among the cars. 

Mike Brodie, #5060, 2006-2009, chromogenic print. © Mike Brodie, Courtesy M+B Gallery, Los Angeles



William Helburn was an eminent fashion photography in the 1950s and 60s, working for Harper's Bazaar among other magazines. This picture literally and unmistakably situates fashion and its production (referenced with the textiles) in New York City.

William Helburn, Dovima Under the El, 1956, archival pigment print, 31 x 40 inches. Image Copyright William Helburn
Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery


Paulette Tavormina, who started as a prop and food stylist in Hollywood, creates painterly still lifes such as this in her home, using her own coffee table as a backdrop.

Paulette Tavormina, Flowers and Fish III, after G.V.S., 2012. Courtesy Robert Klein Gallery