The majority of people I knew and hung out with had been my friends for most of my life. The simultaneous presence of past and future, decline and fruition, hesitancy and newly acquired power makes it a period experienced by many, not least by adults, as threatening and intriguing in equal measure. I really liked Rachel, but I confess I liked Jen even more. It took me a long time to figure out why. Everyone who came to the apartment, new or old, got a fresh picture of themselves taped to the icebox. Part of its mission, as with the other public spaces for photography that opened in the s, was to champion photography in the face of a sceptical or indifferent art world. The book produced shock, controversy and heated arguments about the state of America and American youth.
The idea of being cool is supposed to be about not needing anybody, not needing friends, not caring about what you look like or how you act.
But actually the terms on which art has embraced photography have been quite narrow. Initially Wouda found this photo too anecdotal, but he ultimately decided to include it in the series. As a result, the ways we treat children and the judgments we pass on them usually say more about us and the times we live in than about them. His work reveals a unique talent for unexpected, evocative colour compositions, although he often subverts his own formal perfection with provocative, often troubling subject matter. The Mother Project which he concentrated on houses built long the curing of hams in the age-old their collaboration for the famous premiered in earlyfollows before electrification, where the light is manner. By that time the vastness of the harbour area had already started to exert its influence on Wouda.