When photographer James Mollison was asked to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, he found himself thinking of his bedroom: how significant it was during his childhood, and how it reflected what he had and who he 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.”
His book – Where Children Sleep – is a striking collection of stories about children from around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. Inside the book, each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child.
Here’s a sneak peek at the fascinating photographs:
Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank
Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal
Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil
Dong, 9, Yunnan, China
Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast
Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bikram, 9, Melamchi, Nepal
Tzvika, 9, Beitar Illit, The West Bank
Douha, 10, Hebron, The West Bank
Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA
Lamine, 12, Bounkiling village, Senegal
Rhiannon, 14, Darvel, Scotland
Risa, 15, Kyoto, Japan
Netu, 11, Kathmandu, Nepal
James Mollison was born in Kenya in 1973 and grew up in England. After studying art and design at Oxford Brookes, and later film and photography at Newport School of Art and Design, he moved to Italy to work at Benetton’s creative lab, Fabrica. His work has been widely published throughout the world in Colors, The New York Times Magazine, the Guardian magazine, The Paris Review, the New Yorker, Le Monde and elsewhere. His previous books published by Chris Boot include The Disciples(2008), The Memory of Pablo Escobar (2007) and James and Other Apes (2004). Mollison has lived in Venice since 2003.