Inspiration: Robin Bowman

5 years, 263 photographs, 419 teenagers. I’m not sure why I hadn’t stumbled across Robin Bowman’s work until today, but I’m so glad I did.

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The work’s been making the rounds in galleries, and is also available in book form, published by Umbrage Editions. Copies of “The Complicated Lives of American Teenagers” go for around $80 on Amazon.

She used a Polaroid 110B Pathfinder camera, and positive/negative Polaroid film so that she could show her subjects the images instantly. There’s an interview with her here on NPR, where she talks about approaching her subjects. There’s also a clip here from the Boston Globe. Photos from the project were also recently acquisitioned for the New York Public Library’s collection.

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