Mediating marginality through photography: Kent Klich's El nino: Children of the Streets Mexico City

Gardner, N. (2018) Mediating marginality through photography: Kent Klich's El nino: Children of the Streets Mexico City. Photography and Culture, 11(3), pp. 277-295. (doi: 10.1080/17514517.2018.1465650)

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Abstract

This article considers the book El niño: Children of the Streets, Mexico City, a text and image project by Swedish photographer Kent Klich and Elena Poniatowska published in New York in 1999 after a failed attempt to publish it in the Mexican capital. A comparative approach is taken as the themes of El niño’s photographic narrative are considered in the light of an earlier foreign project that confronted marginality in Mexico: Oscar Lewis’s The Children of Sánchez. The role of the photo- graphs and possible interpretations of them are explored. Analysis of the photographic contacts permits discussion on the development of visual representation and reveals Klich’s nuancing in his portrayal of the street children.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gardner, Dr Nathanial
Authors: Gardner, N.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Hispanic Studies
Journal Name:Photography and Culture
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1751-4517
ISSN (Online):1751-4525
Published Online:16 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Photography and Culture 11(3):277-295
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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