Big Picture: Smoking Kids

This is a photo collection of Smoking Kids by Frieke Janssens. These controversial photos remind us that between 80.000 and 100.000 children worldwide start smoking every day and there is a death caused by tobacco every 8 seconds.

Frieke Janssens’s motivation in making this Smoking Kids photos is that he watched a video from Youtube a chubby Indonesian two-year-old smoking one cigarette after another, totaling an average of two packs a day.

Recognizing the many socio-cultural differences between the East and the West, the artist’s plan to confront the Western viewer with such conflicting, surreal images grew and she departed on her new artistic mission. “Smoking Kids” is the title of Frieke Janssens’s somewhat controversial photographic project.

Fifteen children aged between four and nine pose in a startling adult way in front of the camera, each smoking a cigarette, cigar or pipe.

They look like they stepped right out of a 1960’s TV show, which adds a modernity theatrical, retro quality but also something whimsical and unreal to the images. The effect of these photos on the viewer has proven to be both overwhelming and diverse.

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