Where Children Sleep

Bedrooms are significant part for all of us during our childhood and it reflects who we are and what we want to be. Where Children Sleep is a project by James Mollison with idea to engage young people to understand children’s rights. The bedroom pictures would be inscribed with the children’s material and cultural circumstances, the details that inevitably mark people apart from each other, while the children themselves would appear in the set of portraits as individuals, as equals just as children. After watching these photos you may ask yourself - what was your childhood like?

Rhiannon, 14, Darvel, Scotland

Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil

Lamine, 12, Bounkiling village, Senegal

Jasmine, 4, New Jersey, USA

Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal

Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan

Delanie, 11, New Jersey, USA

Ryuta 10, Tokyo, Japan

Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA

Tzvika, 9, Beitar Illit, The West Bank

Dong, 9, Yunnan, China

4-year-old Romanian immigrant boy from Rome

Nantio, 15, Lisamis, Northern Kenya

Roasi, 8, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jaime, 9, New York, USA

Douha, 10, Hebron, The West Bank

Thais, 11, City of God, Brazil


James Mollison was born in Kenya in 1973 and grew up in England. After studying Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University, and later film and photography at Newport School of Art and Design, he moved to Italy to work at Benetton’s creative lab, Fabrica. His work has been widely published throughout the world including by Colors, The New York Times Magazine, the Guardian magazine, The Paris Review, The New Yorker and Le Monde.

6 thoughts on “Where Children Sleep

  1. You are very wrong about Romanian kids. They’re not emigrants, may be exceptions for every country. You have an ethic problem if you see Romania the only country with this problem. Disagree and dislike !

  2. This is completely ridiculous. It is child abuse since the kids are used to feed the stereotypes that cheap press like you promote here thrive from.
    I think all these pictures presented here are bogus.
    You should be ashamed of using kids as a flypaper for clicks.
    And no, Romanian people are not nomads sleeping under the blue sky.
    For God’s sake James, read a book, stay informed and stop abusing kinds.

    All the best

  3. James Mollison, I see you took the effort to travel on different countries in order to take pictures of childrens on their habitat. Can you, please, answer a question I am asking my self and do not get an answer?! Was Romania too far from you, the roads were so bad, you needed visa and did not obtained? Do you belive Romanian are all Dracula’s descendents and did not took the risk to come here and take a picture of a child at his home? Or, are you – simply – one of those narrow minded people stucked on one ideea, which they never verify if is truth or false? I was thinking to help you and send you the picture of my boy’s room.. but I think the problem is not the picture, but the horse goggle you wear.. Frankly… I pity you!

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