Where children sleep: a round-the-world
tour of bedrooms
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Lamine, 12, lives in Senegal. He is a
pupil at the village Koranic school
Roathy, eight, lives on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Erlen is 14 years old and is pregnant for the third time.
She lives in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Tzvika, nine, lives in an apartment block in Beitar Illit, an
Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
Jamie, 9, lives with his parents and younger twins brother
and sister in a penthouse on 5 th Avenue, New York
Indira, seven, lives with her parents, brother and sister
near Kathmandu in Nepal
Kaya, four, lives with her parents in a small apartment in
Douha, 10, lives with her parents and 11 siblings in a
Palestinian refugee camp in Hebron, in the West Bank.
Nantio, 15, is a member of the Rendille tribe in
Thais, 11, lives with her parents and sister on the third floor of a
block of flats in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil..
BIOGRAPHY James Mollison was born in Kenya in 1973 and grew up in England. After
studying Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University, and later film and photography at
Newport School of Art and Design, he moved to Italy to work at Benetton’s creative lab,
James Mollison explores in Where Children Sleep – a remarkable collaborative project
between him and American journalist Chris Booth capturing the diversity of and, often,
disparity between children’s lives around the world through portraits of their bedrooms.
The project began on a brief to engage with children’s rights and morphed into a
thoughtful meditation on poverty and privilege, its 56 images spanning from the stone
quarries of Nepal to the farming provinces of China to the silver spoons of Fifth Avenue.
Perhaps most interestingly, this project was designed as an empathy tool for nine- to 13-
year-olds to better understand the lives of other children around the world, but it is also
very much a poignant photographic essay on human rights for the adult reader.
One of the more meaningful photo series I’ve come across in a while, these photographs
paint a reality that is difficult to depict through words, revealing shocking differences
across countries, going from girls with thousand dollar dresses in their private mansions
to shepherd boys sleeping with goats.
Read on to let Chris Booth and James Mollison show you where children sleep