The girl named Rajni performs in stockings that are torn and tattered, a sign she's from the lowest rung of India's economic ladder. The other girls in the photos are from the same rung, but they say they're happy. Back at home, they'd be begging in the street, or beaten by their parents, or forced into an arranged marriage. Instead, the girls work in a circus, bending their legs in unbelievable ways, riding elephants, and wearing makeup like Bollywood actresses. Considering the alternative, wouldn't... More >>>
Mary Ellen Mark
Child labor laws hadn't quite caught up to 1989's Acrobats Rehearsing Their Act at Great Golden Circus.