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After British photographer Kirsty Mackay gave birth to her first daughter in 2006, she found her life inundated by pink. There were pink onesies, pink bibs, pink booties, and pink blankets. She didn’t buy any of these items herself, but instead received them from well-meaning friends and family.
“It was when I had enough pink clothes that I could do a whole pink wash [in the laundry], that it made me think there’s something really powerful happening here and I want to trace where it had come from,” Mackay explained recently in a Kickstarter video to raise funds for My Favourite Color Was Yellow, a book based on a series of photographs she took of young girls in their pink bedrooms in the UK. “My family is exactly the same as all these families in the book,” the photographer said. “We’re all navigating our way through this sea of pink.”
Mackay began the series soon after that first pink laundry load. She started with her daughter, her daughter’s friends, and her friends’ daughters, then expanded to photographing people she met on the street and through social media. In the images, pink surrounds girls at every turn, gracing their bedspreads, sweaters, and even cellphones. They often seem to love the color, as seems evident in one photograph showing two fuschia-swathed girls posing triumphantly on a plush pink bed.
But in other images, the girls seem less enthusiastic, as though they’ve merely accepted the color’s preeminence as a fact of life. In these instances, the color becomes not just a color, but also a symbol of all the unfair, unrealistic expectations to which society expects young females to conform. As Mackay explains, the book’s title comes from a personal memory a subject once shared — that when asked by a friend what her favorite color was, she lied and said it was pink. “The title places an emphasis on a lack of choice, and that’s really what’s at the core of the book,” she said.
Kristy Mackay’s My Favourite Color Was Yellow is fundraising on Kickstarter through February 28.
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
What is the relation between possessing a person, possessing their image, and dispossessing their progeny
As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.
We cannot be indifferent to the long-lasting effects of photography. The photographs at the center of Lanier v. Harvard are relentless in making Renty and Delia Taylor work and perform as slaves. The pain inflicted on them has not ceased. Photography has the capacity to propagate harm, and we have the moral obligation to interrupt…