“Photography is this key into experiencing the world”. – James Mollison

British photographer, James Mollison doesn’t simply take portraits– rather, he through his series of images engages the global world around him in a public debate over a variety of different topics, whether it is famine in Ethiopia, the conditions of cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, and where it is that children sleep worldwide.

Mollison’s images play with the idea of both group and individual identities, not only with his subject matter, but also in the typological way that he presents his work, most often collected in book form or grouped together much like one would store entomological samples. Which given his background in documentary photography isn’t a much of a surprise.

His series “Where Children Sleep” is both a photo essay on the diverse sleeping arrangements of children around the world, but also a remarkably effective campaign that addresses children’s rights.

On an aesthetic level, here are some of my favorites. Enjoy:

Dong, 9, Yunnan, China


Jaime, 9, New York, USA


Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil


Li, 10, Beijing, China

[Author’s Note: Full Disclosure: My room(s) growing up looked a lot like this as a kid. And still kind of does, come to think of it.]


Lamine, 12, Bounkiling village, Senegal


Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA

This room terrifies me btw.

For additional infomration, be sure to check out Mollison’s site here.

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