Portraits of Little Girls and Boys with Their Pink and Blue Things

The Pink & Blue Project by South Korean photographer JeongMee Yoon started seven years ago after she photographed a portrait of her 5-year-old daughter sitting next to her beloved pink possessions. She then began creating portraits of other girls who loved pink things, and then other boys who loved blue.

Yoon writes,

This project explores the trends in cultural preferences and the differences in the tastes of children (and their parents) from diverse cultures, ethnic groups as well as gender socialization and identity. The work also raises other issues, such as the relationship between gender and consumerism, urbanization, the globalization of consumerism and the new capitalism.

You can see more of these portraits on her website here.

The Pink & Blue Project (via NYTimes via Photojojo)

Image credits: Photographs by JeongMee Yoon and used with permission

  • Carrie Paulk Williams

    She could come take a picture of my daughter with all of her blue stuff :-)

  • Robert Fitzgerald

    It’s cute but at the same time it points to the excess in this country. Our children have way to much stuff. Nothing is special to them. It’s all just pink and blue stuff.

  • Dave Reynolds

    The parents of these children are out of control. Kids do these kinds of things because parents allow it or encourage it. This is not art. It’s documentation of fetishism and hoarding.

  • Aaro Keipi

     So because it’s somewhat documentary it’s not art? I think your repulsion helps to prove that it is.

  • Dave Reynolds

     So then the television show, Hoarders, is art?

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  • Zak Henry

    Looks like it is not the first time that girl #2 has had her photo taken by the same photographer – check out the picture on the wall

  • Carlos

    Too Much, and they are proud. It´s not for having, but for the fact that they should dont even use all of this…

  • mew

    It’s interesting that the reactions to these shots–including my own–aren’t about the gender color coding. The overwhelming reaction seems to concern the sheer amount of plastic junk that’s been purchased for these kids. I actually think that they’re cool looking shots, but I just can’t get past the horrific amount of junk that they own.

  • Nicole Wells

    If you read the article, you would realise it’s her daughter ;)

  • Anne-Marie Atkinson

    These are uniquely composed, staged, and make a point through artistic means though, right? TV is generally entertainment, photography is generally art (if its not commercial or vernacular, neither of which this project is). 

  • 9inchnail

    That little girl must hate her mother.

    “Ok, the photo is done, now clean up your room !!!”


  • Macra Studio

    Check out all that landfill.

  • Dave Reynolds

    Whether these scenes were captured through video or photographs is not relevant. This is a collection of young children being exploited by the fetishism of parents at the worst or gross permissiveness at the best. How do I know this? Because little kids do not have the money to pursue this kind of hoarding. They don’t have the ability to conceive of amassing a great collection of artifacts and then displaying them to other people. Their parents, however, have both the funds and the desire for publicity that are required for this kind of project.

    Art is, of course, in the eye of the beholder. But this is akin to the exploitation of children in the same vein as beauty pageants for young girls. Left to their own desires, apart from the influence of their parents, I seriously doubt these kids would pursue toy-hoarding on their own and neither would a six year old girl desire to present herself as a woman in a beauty pageant. They are functionally the same thing.