The Kids Aren't Alright

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An eyes open view into the current trends in Youth Culture
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  • By Jennifer Ballard
    Dec 18, 2008
    "book review " Photographic Cultures Analysis of a Photobook The Kids Aren’t Alright by Mark Baldock Self published by “The Kids Aren’t Alright” by Mark Baldock self published in 2008 , is a photobook about youth culture it takes a dark look at the youth of today, looking at ASBO culture and street life . The Photobook is a series of images there is no real structure to them but they all link as one you can read the book from left to right or right to left and still draw to the same conclusions. The graphic layout of the book is compelling; as the first ten pages are individual then the last ten pages jump to two page spreads. Which makes the layout very unique , the movement has a easy but complex it draws you in to the themes and concepts of the book . The colours of the photographs play a big part in movement of the book and also the themes. There are a lot of dark colours in this book from blacks to reds signifying danger . The colours also break up the images... More > giving the book a better flow. There is little text in the book apart from the introduction that is more of a statement than an introduction reading “Less interested in self-improvement or advancement, current Youth Culture seems more concerned with self-image, impressing their peers and collecting ASBOs (antisocial behaviour orders) With these trends getting steadily worse as time continues it seems as though eventually young people will all look the same, hoods up and dressed in black; lining dark alleyways.” – Mark Baldock This is a very cynical look at the youth of today and it makes you wonder weather this book has a documentary narrative. Documenting either the photographers live or that of a relative or friend like other artist such as Richard Billingham or Nan Golding . As the book does not have text with the images it is hard to draw a conclusion the photographer lets you make your own assumption of his book, this can make the book narrative hard to read . I would describe the book as a Photobook. The size of the book is 8ins by 10ins with a saddle-stitch binding , all the images in the book are full bleed which adds to this idea of documentary narrative making the view feel there is more to story running off the pages ,or we are seeing the full story by not being framed in. The front cover has a strong relationship to the book it shows a picture of a dark alleyway this links with the introduction and the book as a whole. Most of the images are taken in this alleyway or which looks like it’s surrounding areas. by Jennifer Ballard< Less
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Mark Baldock
September 28, 2011
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