With support from Save the Children, photographer James Mollison has created a mesmerising and deeply moving series of photographs which he calls “Where Children Sleep.” And it's exactly that: a collection of large-format photographs of the places where children from around the world sleep; each photograph is accompanied by a portrait of the child in question, and a detailed caption telling the child's story. The book was written as a tool to help young children better understand the lives of other children around the world - yet it is also very much a poignant meditation on human rights, and on privilege and poverty, for the adult reader.
From the girl in Tokyo whose mother spends thousands of dollars per month on new dresses for her, and the shotgun-toting US boy who killed his first big game at age seven, to the Nepali girl who has worked in a granite quarry since she was three years old, and the Bedouin boy living in a one-room shack in an Israeli settlement on the West Bank - the photographs and stories are all captivating.
Though Mollison's diptychs offer an eye-opening insight into the disparity between children's lives around the world, they also show how children from radically different backgrounds often have the same aspirations and dreams.
"I hope the book gives a a glimpse into the lives some children are living in very diverse situations around the world; a chance to reflect on the inequality that exists, and realize just how lucky most of us in the developed world are," said Mollison.