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I Dreamed I Had a Girl in My Pocket
     

I Dreamed I Had a Girl in My Pocket

by Wendy Ewald
 

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A remarkable book of photographs accompanied by moving and often disturbing testimonies by the children about their lives within the caste system, their families, fears, futures, and dreams.
This unique book of photographs and text takes place in the 2000-year-old village of Vichya in the desert of Gujarati, India. There, photographer and teacher Wendy Ewald

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A remarkable book of photographs accompanied by moving and often disturbing testimonies by the children about their lives within the caste system, their families, fears, futures, and dreams.
This unique book of photographs and text takes place in the 2000-year-old village of Vichya in the desert of Gujarati, India. There, photographer and teacher Wendy Ewald lived and taught twenty of the village's children, ages ten to fourteen years, the art and craft of photography.
Whether they attend school or work the fields, whether they are untouchables or of another caste, the children speak chillingly of their concern over their impending marriages and stories of bride-burning, of their hopes and dreams, and of their almost unanimous desire to photograph the gods.
The children's pictures and oral histories are joined with Ewald's evocative observations and images of the town and its people.

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Library Journal
Ewald, a contributing photographer to the publication DoubleTake, issued quarterly by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, has also received NEA, Fulbright, and MacArthur fellowships for her studies of children and culture in Appalachia and Colombia. Continuing this work, Ewald traveled to India in 1989 to explore the teaching of photography to a group of children in the small village of Vichya in northwestern India. The results of her seven-month stay are depicted here in three main sections: portraits of each of her 20 students taken by Ewald and accompanied by their personal statements; the author's photographs of the area; and, finally, the images made by the children themselves. As a photoessay, this is neither as strong nor as evocative as another project, Black Self/White Self, that Ewald began in 1989, photographs from which were published in the Summer 1996 issue of DoubleTake. (Fifth- and sixth-graders from North Carolina were given the task of portraying themselves as a different race through manipulation of a photographic self-portrait.) However, this work is still a fascinating ethnographic study that is appropriate for social and cultural issues areas but recommended only for comprehensive photographic collections.Kathy J. Anderson, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393314274
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/17/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning writer, photographer, and teacher,Wendy Ewald is dedicated to social change and children's issues. She has taught in Appalachia, Columbia, on Canadian Native reservations, and in Mexico as well as in many communities in the United States. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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