Playground, photographs by James Mollison

April 16–July 2, 2015

Dechen Phodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan














Holtz High School, Tel Aviv, Israel















St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary School, Brookline, Massachusetts















Valley View School, Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya















Inglewood High School, Inglewood, California














Opening reception: Thursday, April 16, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Talk and book signing: Saturday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the publication of the book Playground, featuring photographs by James Mollison, Aperture Foundation presents an exhibition of the series. Mollison’s photo projects are defined by smart, original concepts applied to serious social and environmental themes. For Playground, Mollison photographed children at play in their school playgrounds, inspired by memories of his own childhood and interested in how we all learn to negotiate relationships and our place in the world through play.

Various scenes of laughter, tears, and games demonstrate the intense experiences which happen in the playground. For each picture, Mollison sets up his camera during school break time, making multiple frames and then composing each final photograph from several scenes, in which he finds revealing “play” narratives.

With photographs from rich and poor schools, numerous middle schools, and some high schools, in countries including Argentina, Bhutan, Bolivia, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Norway, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, and the U.S., Mollison also provides access for readers of all ages to issues of global diversity and inequality.

The photographs will be available through Aperture Foundation. Sales proceeds support the Foundation’s public and book-publishing programs. For more information, contact [email protected].

A free Teacher Resource is available for immediate download. For more information about Aperture’s educational resources, contact [email protected].

James Mollison’s (born in Kenya, 1973) work has been featured widely in such publications as Colors, the New York Times Magazine, and the Paris Review, among many others. He has also published several books, among them James and Other Apes (2004), The Disciples (2008), and Where Children Sleep (2010).





Aperture’s exhibitions are funded in part by an award from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Charina Endowment Fund.