Photo essay: Young lives

An exclusive essay on the obstacles laid in the paths of this generation. Plus Suzanne Moore on why

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As Suzanne Moore observes, kids often say they just want to "be themselves" - but to be yourself you need time, and space, and some freedom. In 2008, how many British children have those options? The award-winning photojournalist Nick Danziger spent five days in June photographing children in London and Edinburgh, at home, at school, at play and hanging out.

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Research and additional interviews by Sam Alexandroni

This article appears in the 07 July 2008 issue of the New Statesman, British childhood