The photography book Extraordinary Child published by the National Museum of Iceland, containing photographs of disabled children by Mary Ellen Mark and Ívar Brynjólfsson that are currently on display at the museum, has been nominated for the 2007 Icelandic Literary Awards.
Mark, a celebrated American photographer, photographed disabled students in Öskjuhlídarskóli, Safamýrarskóli and Lyngás in Reykjavík last year and Brynjólfsson took pictures of the children’s habitat.
British director Martin Bell then made a documentary about one of the students of Öskjuhlídarskóli, Alexander Vidar Pálsson, which is shown daily at the National Museum between 1 pm and 5 pm.
Both the National Museum exhibition and the book accompanying it also contain artwork which the “extraordinary children” created themselves.
The Icelandic Literary Awards, organized by the Association of Icelandic Book Publishers, have two categories; educational literature and fiction. Usually five books are nominated for each category. The award ceremony will be held at the end of January.