Jennifer Loeber (1973) was born and raised in New York and received her BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art in 1996. In 2007 she was awarded an Honourable Mention at the Prix de la Photographie in Paris. For this series, The Cruelty of Youth, Loeber returned to Rowe Camp in the mountains of Massachusetts, an idealistic summer society governed by teens, to photograph the traditions and rituals in the place where she had spent entire summers in her youth. Freed from the forced constraints of a conventional camp experience, Rowe Camp gives teenagers otherwise unthinkable freedoms. If teenagers ruled the world no ideas would be too absurd, and eccentricity would be the rule and not the exception. After a brief taste of independence, the teenagers must return to their real lives, hence the title of the project.