Nesbit’s influence can be felt everywhere from the Chronicles of Narnia to Kate Saunders’s Costa Prize-winning Five Children on the Western Front, which takes Cyril, Robert and the rest from the eternal Edwardian summer of the earlier books to the First World War. Meanwhile, Jacqueline Wilson’s modern retelling, Four Children and It, is currently being made into a film with Michael Caine as the Psammead.The link between Wilson and Nesbit is closer than you might think. Wilson’s resolutely contemporary creations, Tracy Beaker and Dolphin in The Illustrated Mum, share the same determination and hopefulness that make Nesbit’s children, despite the knickerbockers and pinafore dresses, still as fresh and engaging still as they must have been a century. Nesbit’s clear eye for the way we interact makes her a startlingly modern writer.
Michael Jang, a well-known photographer that has worked with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Ronald Reagan, is showing a collection of photographs that hits closer to home. In the 1970’s, while still a student in California, Jang began taking photos of his Chinese-American family.
The photographs show the intimacy of family but also the suburban experience of the 1970’s, a quintessential time for ‘Americana’ culture.
For Jang, who was influenced by the street photographer Lee Friedlander, the opportunity to capture his family proved fruitful. ‘Every day was a new visual discovery.’
This collection of photographs will be on display at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco on May 3.