Roan with Kilda and April
Iris and Roan on Ice
True with Ball
Morgan as Thor
Roan’s Room
Roan Throwing Ice
Iris On Ice
True on Bed
On the Sinking Bridge
True with Necklace
True in Snow
Piano Lesson
Iris’ Book
Snickerdoodle Cookies
Dinner Time
Roan with the Outhouse Guestbook
Dear Mimi
Iris in the Morning
True in the Shower
True with Hula Hoop
Window Screen

Beginning in 2011, Rachel Papo spent two years photographing a small number of families living in the Catskills who practice homeschooling. She decided to explore this controversial topic in depth in order to challenge her own prejudgments on the issue. Rather than document the parents and their unique methods, she chose to focus on the children in an attempt to capture their spirit and the meaning of growing up outside the conventional four classroom walls. Papo writes:

With this body of work I hope to encapsulate a cultural movement in a distinct time in history on the cusp of it becoming mainstream. As I continued to photograph these children I was constantly forced to re-examine my initial opinion of this phenomenon and, for a few hours each time, I allowed myself to follow them into their mysterious, magical world.

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