Julie Blackmon shoots the cover of an April issue of Time
magazine for the story, "Should Kids Be Bribed to Do Well in School?
" The article describes experiments conducted across several cities in America in which groups of children are offered money as incentives for performing and behaving well in school. The results are "fascinating and surprising... kids, like grownups, are not puppets."
The Time magazine cover was a seamless family affair. In lieu of a photo studio, Blackmon cleared out her dining room and set up a giant roll of white paper and lights. Sister Rosie Winstead was the assistant and niece Mabel Johnson modeled. Blackmon withdrew $1,000.00 in one dollar bills from the bank while Winstead rounded up old school desks and additional props from flea markets. After the shoot, Blackmon returned the money to the bank ($32 were missing) and the makeshift studio was transformed back into a dining room, all in time to set the table for Easter.