The American Teenager


General Photography

Recently, two books appeared that portray American teenagers (an age group that - to use the well tested jargon of US journalism - “some say” might not necessarily be in dire need of even more attention). The first is Dawoud Bey’s Class Pictures, the second Robin Bowman’s It’s Complicated: The American Teenager. In both cases, the photographers spent a lot of time traveling and assembling the work, photographing their subjects and collecting their voices - both books contain how the teenagers describe their lives. Dawoud Bey’s website contains samples from the book, Robin Bowman’s unfortunately only appears to offer a tear sheet.