Where Children Sleep

You guys, it’s true. This social worker still makes a lot of time to soak up good magazines at home and at Barnes & Noble… And an occasional US Weekly in the checkout line at Walgreens. 

Dan and I are still striving to do regular dates, and on a date afternoon a few weeks ago, we got comfy in Barnes & Noble — with coffee! — to read, oh, about twenty magazines.

One of the magazines, I discovered, Papier Mache, was all around really lovely, but I especially enjoyed a photo essay called “Where Children Sleep.” I searched for it online, and I found the photographer’s website, and that the series had been published as a photo book!


Here’s the description:

Where Children Sleepstories of diverse children around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances. From the start, I didn’t want it just to be about ‘needy children’ in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations. It seemed to make sense to photograph the children themselves, too, but separately from their bedrooms, using a neutral background. My thinking was that the bedroom pictures would be inscribed with the children’s material and cultural circumstances ‘ the details that inevitably mark people apart from each other ‘ while the children themselves would appear in the set of portraits as individuals, as equals ‘ just as children. … The book is written and presented for an audience of 9-13 year olds ‘ intended to interest and engage children in the details of the lives of other children around the world’, and the social issues affecting them, while also being a serious photographic essay for an adult audience.

And a few of my favorites…


[All images and description from James Mollison’s website]


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