Where Children Sleep – The Sad Reality

Not so long ago, I was complaining to my friends about how I am missing my double-bed. Quite silly, I know. I am well aware that for some, it is truly a privilege to even have a bed; and if there are people who were not aware of this, there is a book to prove you just how sad this reality is.

Photographer James Mollison has travelled the world to photograph children’s bedrooms – from the US, Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India. His book, ‘Where Children Sleep’ shows a series of 56 diptychs of the bedrooms, alongside portraits of the children themselves.

When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights … 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. – James Mollison

Here is a selection of children’s ‘bedrooms’ from around the world, which will definitely make you think. I, for one, am not missing my double-bed anymore.

While some kids have fairytale bedrooms, filled with toys of all sorts, others naturally sleep under the sky – most of the time, not by choice. Unfortunately, too many people have made peace with the thought that the world has always been and will always be divided. I say, there is still a chance, and there are still enough people willing to make that change – however they can, wherever they can. Wouldn’t you like to see all kids truly enjoying their childhood?

All pictures rights go to James Mollison. You can access his full portfolio here.

Ioana-Alexandra Tache


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