Street Children

Street Children
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Text by B.S. Johnson. Photographs by Julia Trevelyan Oman.

London. Hodder and Stoughton. 1964. First edition. Cloth-backed hardback, dust jacket. Unpaginated [c.100 pages]. Illustrated throughout with full-page black-and-white photographs. 220 x 290mm (8 x 11"). 0.95kg. . English. Very good; a short closed tear to jacket at base of spine, four short tears to rear jacket with light creasing, light browning to very edges of jacket, laminate peeling along fold of spine and front cover, not price-clipped; slight waving to front free-endpaper, previous owner's name and date on front pastedown.

Street Childrenwas a collaborative effort between the set designer Julia Trevelyan Oman and the experimental writer Bryan Stanley Johnson. Trevelyan Oman's photographs were taken on the streets of London and depict working-class and immigrant children exploring their environment and playing with their neighbours. The images are uncritical, they do not play on the impoverishment of the surroundings, rather they observe the innocence of youth and their absorption in the moment. Johnson's complementary, experimental text imagines the thoughts of the children, emphasising the querying nature of a child's mind. The whole is a wonderful social record of 1960's childhood in London.