Emerging into the light: working children's photodiaries

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These photographs were produced by secondary school children (aged between 11 and 15 years) in England and Wales. They were taken as part of a qualitative research project examining the employment of children in modern day Britain.1 Using simple and inexpensive one-use analogue cameras to make photodiaries, some of the 69 children involved in the project produced around 850 photographs of their working lives. The result is a distinctive and unique visual insight into what is a rarely discussed but nonetheless ‘majority experience’ of modern childhood.2 The children who took these photographs gave their permission for them to be published; names have been changed.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-259
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Epidemiology
Issue number2
Early online date31 Mar 2005
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


  • adolescent epidemiology, childhood, employment, experience, mental development, occupational safety, photography, priority journal, risk assessment, school child, social aspect, training, United Kingdom, adolescent psychology, England


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