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Few teenagers welcome anyone in their bedrooms, least of all adults. In My Room: Teenagers in their Bedrooms, photographer Adrienne Salinger has been allowed to enter the private lives of forty-three teens. Her images, taken over a two-year period, offer an intimate glimpse into these intimate escapes and the adolescents who have made them their own. Even small objects in each room reveal much about the hopes, fears, and dreams of each teen pictured: a poster of a heavy metal band on a wall, various religious icons arranged on a shelf, a well-worn stuffed animal on a bed.
Salinger's interviews with her subjects accompany each photograph, illuminating the harsh realities of some of their lives. Several of these kids have already had to deal with drugs, pregnancy, physical abuse, racism, and death.
In My Room: Teenagers in their Bedrooms is ultimately about the hope and strength of these tender adolescents approaching the brink of adulthood. Complete with a poignant introduction by Tobias Wolff and an update on each teen today, In My Room: Teenagers in their Bedrooms provides a compelling look at the subculture of American teenage life.