The Babies

Photographs by Sue Packer

The babies in Sue Packer’s extraordinary portraits convey a strangely adult composure, revealing strong individuality and personal presence and confirming the Victorian maxim that every child is a little adult.

Martin Caiger-Smith explores what it is that makes this such a successful series, whilst Bill Jay provides an engagingly humorous history of the difficulties encountered by earlier photographers in their patient and often thwarted attempts at converting restless, squirming babies into well-behaved photographic subjects.

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