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10 Aug, 2010

Where Children Sleep

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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:

Four-year-old Kaya lives in an apartment in Tokyo, Japan

Seventeen-year-old, ‘X’ lives in a ‘favela’ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Eight-year-old Harrison lives in a mansion in New Jersey, USA

This unnamed four-year-old boy lives on the outskirts of Rome, Italy. He and his family all sleep on the mattress in the photograph

Fifteen-year-old Risa lives in a teahouse in Kyoto, Japan

Fourteen-year-old Rhiannon lives in Darvel, Scotland

Where Children Sleep by James Mollison is published by Chris Boot in November (£20). You can pre-order the book, here, on Amazon. More of Mollison’s work can be viewed at jamesmollison.com.

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