Immigrants and Elves: The Everyday and the Fantastic in Danish Photographical Children's Books

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    When you think of children’s picture books, the first images that come to mind willmost likely be drawings. However, in the 1950s a quarter of all children’s picture bookswere illustrated with photographs. The article gives an overview of the Danish photographicalpicture book tradition, which dates back to Fotografiske Børnegrupper (Photographsof groups of children) published in 1866, consisting of photographs by HaraldPaetz and short poems by Hans Christian Andersen. It covers documentary stories,i.e. books that present the lives of children around the world. Some of these convey adecidedly social and political message. This article also covers books in which photographyserves to enhance the imagination, and presents supernatural beings or humanizedanimals and objects.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalDenmark. Kongelige Bibliotek. Fund og Forskning
    Pages (from-to)249-265
    Number of pages17
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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