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These 20 powerful photos of kids’ bedrooms will change the way you look at the world

Where Children Sleep is a powerful photo series by English photographer James Mollison. He traveled around the world capturing the differences between the lifestyle of kids from different countries. The discrepancy is quite shocking, as in the series you will find photos of children like Kaya from Tokyo, whose mother spends more than $1.000 a month on her dresses, as well as photos of kids from Brazil or Nepal that barely have a roof over their heads.

Save the Children Italy supported the two year long process needed to complete this series that now is also available as a book, where each portrait and bedroom photos are accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child.
If you are interested in the book this is the Amazon link, while if you want to see some other work by James Mollison here’s his personal website: jamesmollison.com.

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Dong, 9, Yunnan, China

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Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil

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Bikram, 9, Melamchi, Nepal

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Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank

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Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan

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Kana,16, Tokyo, Japan

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Risa, 15, Kyoto, Japan

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Nantio, 15, Lisamis, Northern Kenya

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Prena, 14, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Lamine, 12, Bounkiling village, Senegal

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Thais, 11, City of God, Brazil

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Ryuta 10, Tokyo, Japan

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Juan David, 10, Medellin, Colombia

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Douha, 10, Hebron, The West Bank

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Tzvika, 9, Beitar Illit, The West Bank

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Li, 10, Beijing, China

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Delanie, 9, New Jersey, USA

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10 Comments

  • A. Roth says:

    Pretty fascinating. Things don’t seem too great in Brazil, among other places. At the same time, these photos make some of these rooms look pretty cool. Reminds me of places people would go “glamping”. And Japan is so odd.

  • carolina arango says:

    I think is wrong the name of the boy from Medellín, is Juan David! :)

  • ronjiedotcom says:

    10 year old boy from Japan… has a Game Cube? And a 13″ CRT TV with VHS (or Betamax?) player? When was this photo taken?

  • Sorin says:

    I wonder how a room in North Korea looks like! Amazing shots anyway!!

  • Andy Gallego says:

    That some in this modern age should live in such abject poverty is utterly lamentable! Meanwhile, there are many who haven’t bought enough gucci and prada “butt labels” or whatever the current fashion fad or fashion trend is!

  • Maggie F says:

    Risa from Japan’s room surprised me the most. It was interesting because of the cleanliness, but looked to provide no comfort whatsoever. Most people who live in a bubble would have more things like a bed. This girl had a pillow. She also had no toys. What does she do every day? These taught me that we are fortunate for the things we have, like a room that has sturdy walls and fluffy beds. Most of the world doesn’t have those luxuries.

  • Christian S. says:

    It just goes to show us how different countries can be. Delanie, from the USA, along with other kids from Japan seem to have a nice, luxurious, comfortable bedrooms. Then there are the kids like Lamine, from Sengal, and Alex, from Brazil, barely even had a bedroom.
    1. I think the most shocking bedroom was Dong, from China. First, I look at his picture and see all these scars on his face, then I see the picture of his bedroom, which was a really dirty, outdated, and was very cramped. While his bedroom was in very poor condition, what shocked me was how Li’s room was the opposite. It was spaces, comfortable looking, and had a lot of money put into it.
    2. Dong’s bedroom was different from most Highlands Ranch houses because it is so minimal. It doesn’t have the conveniences or the comfort of most American houses.
    3. These pictures show the huge gap between the middle class, and the poor. In a country like Zimbabwe, it would be harder to earn a honest living than it would be in America.

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