Controversial Photos of Kids Reenacting Abu Ghraib, 9/11 and Katrina

Canadian photographer Jonathan Hobin’s series In the Playroom is guaranteed to make you uncomfortable. Hobin calls these photos “tableau-vivant re-enactments” of current events, “a metaphor for the impossibility of a protective space safe from the reach of modern media.” Risque as it sounds in pitch alone, we like where he’s going with this… but not necessarily where he went with it or the implications he’s making. See his elaborately staged scenes of children play-acting prison torture, smiling sweetly over poisoned Kool-Aid above a pile of slumped dolls and other morbid scenes in our gallery and judge for yourself.

The Twins. Courtesy Jonathan Hobin