Children of Vision: The joy of looking and seeing

At our closing event in January of this year, we invited Catherine Fehily from the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork City, Ireland to contribute her reflections on the Children’s Photography Archive which we were launching on the day. Catherine was known to us from her previous work as the co-founder of IRIS – International Centre for Women in Photography at Staffordshire University in the mid 1990s. The IRIS project existed in order to recognise the valuable contribution made by women practitioners to the development of photographic theory and practice, through research into and promotion of the work of contemporary women photographers and writers in photography. Given Catherine’s background in making visible and celebrating the work of women photographers, and being aware of the nascent steps the Children’s Photography Archive was starting to take, it is unsurprising then that a very excited email landed in our inboxes this spring from Catherine putting us in contact with artist photographer Alina Kisina and introducing us specifically to her photographic project with children, Children of Vision. The guest post that follows is by Alina who writes about how Children of Vision came about and how it has developed.

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‘I don’t think you’ll find very much…it’s all about animals at that age’: anticipating children’s action on climate change

In this post Melissa Nolas, co-director of Childhood Publics research programme, reflects on childhood, animals, and nature, and what children’s photographs and experiences from the ERC Connectors Study tell us about these themes, which might provide one way of understanding children’s action on climate change. 

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