Anna Skladmann’s photo essay “Little Adults” features the fabulously rich children of Russia’s oligarchs. So why aren’t they smiling?
According to Skladmann, these kids are dressed like adults — and taught to wear the blank expressions of trauma victims — from toddlerhood. And so, a couple of dead-eyed kids share the frame with a Philippe Stark table lamp that’s shaped like an AK47. Other kids pose in fine restaurants or in casinos (nursing stacks of chips at a roulette table). And anyone who objects to kiddie beauty pageants will be troubled by the young girls: One sports a red bikini and towering black high heels; neglected toys lie at her feet. But now that the financial crisis is hitting the oligarchs, maybe some of these kids will get to be kids after all.
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