Four-year-old Jivan lives in a skyscraper in Brooklyn, New York, USA Where Children Sleep, set to be published later this year by Chris Boot, is a collection of James Mollison's photographs of childrens' bedrooms from around the world. The book also contains a portrait of each child and, as you'd imagine, the differences between the spaces each one calls their own are striking... The book has been designed to appeal to readers of all ages, with the texts apparently prepared with an audience of nine- to thirteen-year-olds in mind. "I hope this book will help children think about inequality, within and between societies around the world," says Mollison in his introduction, "and perhaps start to figure out how, in their own lives, they may respond." Here are a few examples from this really interesting and thought provoking book: Where Children Sleep
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Where Children Sleep: A Diverse World of Homes When photographer James Mollison was asked to do a project on children’s rights, he found himself thinking back to his childhood bedroom and the deep importance it played in his upbringing. Taking that idea with him around the world, he photographed a diverse cross section of children and the bedrooms they call home. His moving images remove the children from their home environment, showing them before a neutral background that mostly hides their economic status as if to say “kids are just kids.” Only when their bedroom is observed, however, does the full scope of their living situation become poiniently clear. Where Children Sleep, a beautiful hardcover book featuring 112 color photographs is now available from chrisboot.com.
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