Where Children Sleep

August 9, 2011
by Crickett Nicovich, Outreach and Advocacy Associate

The diversity is great and the disparities are vast in the photographer James Mollison’s book, Where Children Sleep.  Mollison has put together a touching portrayal of life in different cultures and circumstances in stunning photos of children and their bedrooms. Take a look at the photos below and at the NYTimes article that showcased them.


Rhiannon, 14, Darval, Scotland – You can tell she loves rock and roll, has access to music lessons, and school where she is able to be creative and express herself fully. 

Rhiannan, 14″ height=Rhiannan, Scotland


Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast.  This child most likely lives in this small one bedroom house with several other members of his family.   

Anonymous, 9″ height=Ivory Coast


Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan – Kaya is as pretty as the many dolls she plays with in the small apartment with her parents in Tokyo.

Kaya, 4, Tokyo, JapanKaya’s room, Tokyo


Alyssa, 8, Harlan County, USA (Appalachia) – Alyssa also has several dolls in her room in the small wooden home she lives in with her family in Appalachia. 

Alyssa, 8″ height=Alyssa’s room, Appalachia


Indira, 7, Katmandu, Nepal – Indira works at a local granite quarry and lives with her family in a one-room house outside of Katmandu.

Indira, 7″ height=Indira’s room, Nepal

To me, these photos demonstrate just how similar children are yet how far away from reaching equity we are, as well.  

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