Before Their Time: The World of Child Labor

Before Their Time: The World of Child Labor

by David Parker
     
 

Although numerous international treaties and organizations work tirelessly to improve conditions for children, there are still 320
million children under the age of sixteen working around the world—150
million of those in the most harmful industries, such as prostitution and forced military service. This is their story, in words and photographs.

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Although numerous international treaties and organizations work tirelessly to improve conditions for children, there are still 320
million children under the age of sixteen working around the world—150
million of those in the most harmful industries, such as prostitution and forced military service. This is their story, in words and photographs.

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Publishers Weekly

Compiled over 15 years, longtime activist Parker's stark photographs of underage laborers shine a necessary if disturbing light on the "pathetic" working conditions endured by those too young to defend themselves or to know better. By Parker's count, 320 million children under the age of 16 toil under hazardous conditions. This compilation of photos highlights six egregious industries that particularly exploit children, including farming, bricklaying and garbage picking. Intriguingly, for every horror shot Parker includes-such as the closeup of a Guatemalan boy's mutilated arms-he also includes tragicomic portraits of smiling circus performers, prostitutes and cotton pickers oblivious to any other life. Interspersed between the chapters are brief introductions (and a foreword by Sen. Tom Harkin) that point out the out-of-frame dangers his subjects face: asbestos clouding the air of miners, noxious gases polluting leather tanners or rabid dogs ready to devour stricken garbage pickers. Parker's grainy, black and white images allude to the realist photojournalism style of the 1930s, as if to demonstrate what little progress has been made in the past century. (Sept.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593720247
Publisher:
Quantuck Lane Press
Publication date:
09/03/2007
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
10.56(w) x 9.74(h) x 0.76(d)

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