My Favourite Colour Was Yellow
My Favourite Colour Was Yellow
A self published photo book documenting the overwhelming presence of the colour pink, in young girls lives here in the UK.
A self published photo book documenting the overwhelming presence of the colour pink, in young girls lives here in the UK. Read more
About this project
“My Favourite Colour Was Yellow” is a limited edition high quality photo book, self published in an edition of 500. It will be published in English consisting of an essay, quotes and 70 colour photographs. Due to be published in June 2015, when backers will receive their preordered copies. There will then be an official book launch at Photo Book Bristol, an international photo book festival, Bristol 12th-14th June. A London book launch is scheduled over the summer (dates to be confirmed).
As featured in Fotografia magazine
How Pink Is too Pink? A Journey into the Market-Painted World of British Young Girls
Featured on Develop Photo https://www.youtube.com/user/DEVELOPPhoto
As featured on Feature Shoot
Photo Series Questions The Pink-infused Universe of Little Girls
One of American Photo Mags best links of the week
Featured on Colin Pantall's blog
A documentary photo book recording ‘the age of pink’. Pink has become synonymous with femininity to the extent that it is easy to take it for granted, but It hasn't always been this way. In the 19th century boys were traditionally dressed in pink. This latest phenomenon has evolved in line with consumerism since the 1980’s.
'Pure white is used for all babies. Blue is for girls and pink is for boys, when a colour is wished.' Ladies Home Journal, 1890
Photographer Kirsty Mackay set out to photograph girls with their pink possessions as a way to understand how this one colour has become dominant. Working over a five year period, making portraits of the girls in their bedrooms and on the High St, combined with research; Kirsty has created a document of this time for girls growing up in the UK.
After a period of documenting Kirsty began to probe deeper and the title of the book “My Favourite Colour Was Yellow” reflects the theme at the heart of the book - a lack of choice. Kirsty offers us a sensitive and intimate glimpse into the lives of these girls own private worlds.
The book is being designed by photo book designer Victoria Forrest. Victoria has worked with internationally acclaimed photographers Martin Parr, Paul Graham, Elliot Erwitt and Tim Hetherington.
It features an essay by Jo B. Paoletti, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland. She is the author of ‘Pink and Blue : Telling the Boys from the Girls in America. The essay traces the origins of the colour pink and its use in children's clothing over the past century. Jo’s writing lends an historical and cultural context to the images in the book.
'Since the mid - 1980s, not only has pink become a strongly feminine color, but it has reached the level of moral imperative in the age group of three to seven.' Jo B Paoletti
'My Favourite Colour Was Yellow' is a Made in Bristol photo book. It is a direct consequence of the thriving photo book scene in Bristol, UK. From the influence of photographer and self publisher Martin Parr, the support & encouragement of Rudi Thoemmes, founder of Photo Book Bristol and RRB photo books and the talks and workshops organised by IC Visual Labs; a hub for the photo book has grown.
Born in Glasgow, Kirsty Mackay studied photography before moving to New York and then London to work as a photographer’s assistant. She has assisted world class photographers - Nick Knight, Anton Corbijn, Herb Ritts and Albert Watson. As Kirsty Mackay’s focus changed to concentrate on her own work, she went on to study an MA in Documentary photography at the renowned school of photography in Newport, Wales. Her work has been exhibited in 2 solo shows, and as part of Diffusion International Photography Festival. In 2014 she cofounded Photo Bristol, a network connecting Bristol based photographers and photo organisations, campaigning for a dedicated photography exhibition space in Bristol.
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Risks and challenges
There are no risks involved with this project. If the target is reached the book will be printed and preorders will be despatched to backers in June 2015. The work is all ready to go, the designer has started work and print quotes have already been received.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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