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Where Children Sleep ❴PDF❵ ✎ Where Children Sleep Author James Mollison – Thomashillier.co.uk “Where Children Sleep” presents English born photographer James Mollison’s large format photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world—from the USA Mexico Brazil England Italy Israel an “Where Children Sleep” presents English born photographer James Mollison’s large Where Children PDF \ format photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world—from the USA Mexico Brazil England Italy Israel and the West Bank Kenya Senegal Lesotho Nepal China and India—alongside portraits of the children themselves Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child Kaya in Tokyo whose proud mother spends a month on her dresses; Bilal the Bedouin shepherd boy who sleeps outdoors with his father’s herd of goats; the Nepali girl Indira who has worked in a granite uarry since she was three; and Ankhohxet the Kraho boy who sleeps on the floor of a hut deep in the junglePhotographed over two years with the support of Save the Children Italy.

10 thoughts on “Where Children Sleep

  1. Meaghan Meaghan says:

    I wanted to like this book a lot than I did Certainly the photographs were good showing the children and their bedrooms or what passed for their bedrooms and describing their lives in short but emotional vignettes Many of the stories were sad and I'm not just talking about the children who lived in poverty either One child an American only four or five was shown wearing heavy makeup and dressed in clothes better suited for a woman in her twenties Her biography explained that she participated in beauty pageants and had won a lot of trophies and almost all her spare time was spent preparing for one pageant or another It sounds like she never has time to just be a kid A fourteen year old girl from a shantytown in Brazil was pregnant out of wedlock for what's it worth for the third time; her previous two babies had diedHowever the diversity in the book was lacking There were I think twelve American children featured Mostly they were from families that were at least middle class if not very wealthy and all but four came from the New York City metro area The whole of Africa had only four children and Europe only five three of them from Italy and two from the UK South America had seven six of them from Brazil The tiny country of Nepal had eight children featured Of Canada Central America the Caribbean the South Pacific and Australia there were no kids featured at all I don't know if this was the authorphotographer's fault or not perhaps there were budget or travel constraints but the lopsidedness was a definite drawbackSeveral of the children who were featured also had lives that were uite unusual for the country they represented For instance the youngest geisha in all of Japan got a page as well a ten year old champion sumo wrestler from Tokyo In fact there are hardly any geisha at all in Japan any and using a geisha in full regalia and a beachball shaped sumo wrestler as two of the four Japanese kids seems to be catering to stereotypes And speaking of fat kids in America they also had a boy who was very overweight and living at a boarding school for obese children the only one of its kind in the countryThe commentary to the photographs also occasionally seemed to pass judgment on the children or so their families With one uite obese six year old not the boarding school student previously mentioned the author makes a point of saying the boy visits McDonald's often and there are four televisions in his apartment and he learned how to use the PlayStation by age three There's an Italian teenager who it says doesn't have to do any chores at all because his mother does everything for him and plans to marry his girlfriend who he expects will take over the job of looking after himI'd still say the book was worth readinglooking at I just wish they had covered countries and children

  2. Bryce Holt Bryce Holt says:

    It will change you Is there really any higher compliment than that? This will show you both how different in materialism our world's children can be and yet how similar their collective dreams are My only regrets were that it wasn't longer which I understand because it doesn't need to be it makes its point pretty well in the 120 or so pages it is and didn't cover geography which I can also understand because hey everyone's got a budget Still I go to the opening line of it will change you and I mean that in the best way possible Find a way to read this before you read whatever book you have lined up next then tell everyone else what I'm telling you

  3. 7jane 7jane says:

    This book is especially targeted towards children from 9 to 13 to ponder on esp on ineuality issues Each two pages has picture of a child and little background information and the place they sleep in not necessarily a place they always sleep in The pictures are from 16 different countries and from different levels rich kids to very very poor ones This book was made from pictures gathered over 5 6 years with some help from Save The Children charityThe children vary in age from 4 to 17 When you think about a place to sleep you might think of a bedroom that 1 3 kids sleep in with some toys etc around This is not the case for many children in this book Some are refugees are at boarding school geisha training or monastery have no permanent home are child workers gang members former child soldiers etc Bedplaces vary a mattress or a sofa in the open a corner of a mat under a no walls structure a couple of tyres with flies constantly around a hut corner a wooden stool acting as a pillow in open nature You notices some items beauty pageantkarate trophies rooms with themes like american football or hunting gear a Mao poster a martyr poster of one's older brother wooden writing plate to be used while studying uran passagesNot all children are named to protect them like the former child soldier Some mention their favorite food what they want to become when they grow up how much homework they have each day There's a lot to think about teen pregnancy forced gang joining child labor being an orphan unhealthy living spaces the threat of the goverment tearing down the home disabilities being accused of being cursed and thus cut off from other people addiction female circumcision these appearing at leastBut it's a worthy book a good book to talk about with one's child and even for an adult it can be an eye opener and a motivator A clear book that tells a lot of stories and well worth owning for all

  4. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    One of my fave books of the year by British photographer James Mollison who takes pictures of various places kids sleep rich kids poor kids and the effect is profoundly sad in its depiction of worldwide ineuities of economic disparity and how little we as a planet care about poverty and children We don't think of all children as our children we only think of our own Sad Not our problem Or maybe we don't even think of our own Also included are photos of poor kids from the greatest and richest country in the world As we must all know the disparity grows larger every year which can only lead to further despair and rage and disease and disorder This book was published in 2010 in London which is one reason we may not know it so well yet here But it is a must read for kids and adults families Only 16 countries are represented in this collection but it is enough to get a sense of a pattern

  5. Raina Raina says:

    Oh I love me an insightful pictorial workThis one contains children Acknowledgement of the vaguely creepy title On each spread the right side is a full page image of the child's bedroom The left side includes a portrait of the child against a neutral background and a paragraph of text about the child including information such as school work what they want to be when they grow up etcAt the beginning Mollison includes a relatively short introduction which talks about how he started working on the project The ending includes a world map designed in the same aesthetic as the cover which indexes where the children featured are from globallyAt first I felt that the tiny size of the font in the only words on these pages was a problem it is very small difficult to read in fact However minimizing the text feels like both a creative and methodical choice as you are forced to treat the text almost as an afterthought and definitely a compliment to the pictures rather than the other way round If you have trouble reading small fonts I recommend that you come prepared with a magnification device the words are definitely worth the readI found myself exclaiming out loud as I read a high proportion of these pages One draws certain conclusions from these images and then often those conclusions are shown to be not necessarily the actual reality of this specific child Also the photographer was born in Kenya and raised in Oxford England The way he talks about these kids feels different than the way I usually hear people talk about children I was particularly fascinated by the bit about the kid in England dealing with mental illness The system of restrictions on him is significant in its difference from this phenomenon in the United States Just a small sampling of the standouts to me The punk from Scotland who's had a Mohawk since she was six The mummy's boy from ItalyThe heartbreaking beggar from NepalThe eleven year old bedroom all in camo who owns two guns but prefers to hunt with crossbow and has a pet lizard named LilyThe 14 year old who's been pregnant 3 timesThe tearful five year old who lives in a shack and wants to be a nurseIn the cases of children with dedicated bedrooms with the privilege of décor I wanted to know who had chosen that décor and how it was chosen I noticed the high number of children who wanted to be a teacher or medical person when they grew up and this made me think about the uestion of Who are the idols of our culture? Mollison or less alternates children on the two ends of the class spectrumSuffice it to say I found this book thought provoking I finished it and immediately handed it to my partner so she could read it tooLibrary users Cool pictorial books like this often hide deep in the nonfiction stacks Put this book on hold

  6. Erin Epperson Erin Epperson says:

    This book really opened my eyes to what conditions other kids my age are living in around the world While some live in luxury others live in poverty and are praying for food every day This book taught me to be grateful of what you have and that you have a home and clothes to wear everyday I definitely recommend this book

  7. Anna Anna says:

    The concept of this book is simple but devastatingly effective Each two page spread has a portrait of a child a paragraph about that child's life and a photo of the place where they sleep And within that simple set up there are whole universes Some children have rooms to themselves that they can decorate as they wish some live in dormitories some sleep with their families one sleeps on discarded tires in a rubbish tip and another on an outdoor mattress because his family were arrested when they tried erecting a tent There are first worlders and third worlders members of traditional tribes and members of pop cultural tribes like the Scottish girl whose punk family has raised her as a punk Some are surrounded by love and community others have been cast out like the Senegalese girl believed to be cursed by witches who will now no longer be allowed to live with women of child bearing age Some of the children get to concentrate on their education and play some get to devote time to hobbies like beauty pageants and hunting some only get to work and others get a little study time along with their jobs Reading about teachers like the one in Kathmandu who has made it his mission to educate child domestic workers like the one in this book whose cage like sleeping space is truly disturbing made me tear up a bit He's bringing so much joy richness to a very hard life And James Mollison is bringing a torch to light the darkness that separates us from each other making it hard for us to see both the diversity in our experiences on this planet and the universal constants that hold true for us all This book helps us see each other that little bit clearlyThe one limitation this book has is that Mollison was limited by practical constraints he could only photograph children in countries he was visiting for other projects so while the book covers a goodly amount of the globe the majority of the children are from a few countries the US Brazil Nepal China the West Bank are particularly well represented But even here Mollison as made intelligent use of his resources by choosing children from different walks of life in each country the child of a wealthy lawyer living in a penthouse on 5th Ave in NYC has a very different experience than the Appalachian girl whose parents have McJobs and whose house is literally falling apart Similarly the girl whose older brother died as a suicide bomber for Palestine has a very different experience of life than the son of an Israeli West Bank settler and this book shows that even the sons of West Bank settlers have different lives we can see one's artsy hipsterish settlement bedroom while another's looks impersonal straight from IKEA I strongly recommend this book to anyone who just gets curious about people and how they live The text is straightforward I think the book is suitable for all ages anyone ten or older should be able to while away hours reading it looking at the pictures and thinking about our world

  8. E E says:

    An amazing book that nudges and then knocks the reader out of her comfort zone whether she's fourteen or forty After growing up on Peter Spier's People or any one of UNICEF's books that present the message that We're essentially all the same at heart and want peace pre teens should read this for a healthy dose of honesty No matter where they come from few of the children photographed are smiling Older fans should also read Living in the Material World by Peter Menzel and Women in the Material World by Faith D'Alusio Fifteen years later Mollison's book echoes Menzel's message which was a reaction to the Madonna song summed up thusly The world needed a reality check

  9. Gord Harris Gord Harris says:

    I read this book with my eleven year old daughter We both really liked it It really makes you think about your life and for us it helped reinforce how well off we truly are and how much difficult our lives could be It also reminded us of the ineuality in the worldOther reviewers make a good point the book is not comprehensive regarding geography nor does it describe children at all levels of prosperity But how could it? For what it does present it is very interestingWe read this book mostly while riding public transit to school in the mornings The fact that each child had just a paragraph description made it easy to pickup and read for just a few minutes at a timeThe best part of the book was the discussions that took place after each child's story

  10. Terri Terri says:

    While I liked the concept I found the execution to be marred by A too great a focus on a few select cities eg Kathmandu NYC and B the selection of children many of whom would be considered as exceptional in their societies rather than the norm In teaching I would only use this in grade 7 with students who are mature enough to handle issues such as circumcision rituals teen pregnancy gangs drugs and violence Even then I would be tempted to use Material World which even though dated at least provides a clear understanding of the AVERAGE family in a given country

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