Photographs of Children.
Photographs by Keith Carter.
University Of Texas Press, Austin, 2009. 168 pp., 85 illustrations, 12x12".
In Fireflies, Keith Carter presents a magical gallery of photographs of children and the world they inhabit. The collection includes both new work and iconic images such as 'Fireflies,' 'The Waltz,' 'Chicken Feathers,' 'Megan's New Shoes,' and 'Angel' selected from all of Carter's rare and out-of-print books. When making these images, Carter often asked the children, 'do you have something you would like to be photographed with?' This creative collaboration between photographer and subject has produced images that conjure up stories, dreams, and imaginary worlds. Complementing the photographs is an essay in which Carter poetically traces the wellsprings of his interest in photographing children to his own childhood experiences in Beaumont, Texas. As he recalls days spent exploring in the woods and creeks, it becomes clear that his art flows from a deep reservoir of sights and sounds imprinted in early childhood.
A lyrical meditation on the joys, wonders, and anxieties of childhood, Fireflies brings us back to the small truths that are often pushed aside or forgotten when we become adults.
Keith Carter is represented by photo-eye Gallery. See his work here.