After Kate T. Parker published her photography book “Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves” (2017), she thought she was all done.
“I had originally thought that the only voices not being heard belonged to girls. The boys? They were fine. We heard them loud and clear, right? But as I explored the idea further, my perspective shifted,” she writes in the introduction of her new book, “The Heart of a Boy: Celebrating the Strength and Spirit of Boyhood.” (Workman), out now.
“The truth was, I was excluding a whole population based on my belief that our boys’ voices didn’t need the amplification that our girls’ voices did. Me? Someone who is looking for fairness and inclusion all around? I hadn’t seen it! But their voices did, and do, need to be heard, for different reasons and in different ways.”
The result: a beautiful new book of photographs of boys in their element, whether it’s Jude, a 5-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (“Sometimes I cry when my body can’t do things … I get mad … I like when people understand. Understanding is the most helpful thing”), 9-year-old Charlie, who harbors NASA dreams, or 7-year-old Baylor, who confesses, “Sometimes I let my best friend win in a race to make him feel better, but only by an inch.”