From Kid Click to Snapshot Susie: Child Photographer Heroes and Heroines in British and US Comics

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


Mid-century comics on both sides of the Atlantic portrayed children as camera users through product advertisements, photography competitions, and—especially—fictional depictions of heroic child photographers. In the illustrated hands of comic characters like “Kid Click” and “Snapshot Susie,” cameras could figure as tools for conquest (paralleling weaponry and surveillance devices) or operate as metaphorical moral compasses for personal development, decency, and altruism. In this lecture, Annebella Pollen explores how these comic adventures, particularly when triangulated with the camera promotions and children’s photographs on parallel pages, offer a productive space for understanding children’s media production and the mediation of their world.
Period20 Mar 2024
Held atBard Graduate Center, New York, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational