Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Fine Arts - Photography and film

First Advisor

Justin James Reed


This thesis explores my own work in the context of historical and contemporary representations of children. Because the child’s experience is essentially unknowable to the adult, issues of control that are always at play between photographer and subject are highlighted when an adult is the photographer and a child is the subject. This is evident when we examine and compare the photographs of children that have so far existed as well as the contexts in which they were made. While I believe that complete resolution of these issues is all but impossible, my work and research is motivated by a belief in the importance of asking the questions nonetheless.


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Date of Submission

May 2014

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