Children in Iceland
Imprint: George F Thompson Publishing
96 Pages, 11 x 9 in, 47 color photographs
- December 2023
When Libson began her project, she chose to get to know the Icelandic people in rural areas. As she continued to experience this remote and beautiful land, she developed an awareness of the unique qualities of childhood in Iceland, and so her emphasis shifted from people of all ages to children at home and at play. Libson noticed that Icelandic children were granted an unusual level of freedom while living securely in close-knit families and supportive communities. She was further inspired to capture Iceland’s remoteness and beauty and its impact on the children who live there.
As portrayed in Children in Iceland, Libson’s photographs provide an intimate and evocative view of the lives of the children surrounded by Iceland’s natural landscape. By photographing Iceland’s children, Libson began to better understand not only the children, but through them the culture and spirit of growing up in this remarkable country.
“If there is such a thing as a carefree, idyllic childhood, it is to be found in the rural countryside of Iceland. We see the joy on the children's faces as they play without a care in the world, where the family is close knit, fathers take their place in the sun, and the environment is the watchful neighbor in an Icelandic tale that is so wonderfully told in the loving, revealing photographs of Nancy Libson.” ~David Freese, photographer and author