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JAMES MOLLISON

JAMES MOLLISON

When a Kid’s Bedroom Isn’t a Room

A few years ago, James Mollison began taking photos of children around the world and their rooms. “I soon realized that my own experience of having a ‘bedroom’ simply doesn’t apply to so many kids,” he recalls in his book Where Children Sleep, which collects his images from 18 countries. Striking and unsentimental, Mollison’s work shows that wherever a child lies down at night is not so much a retreat from as a reflection of the world outside.

 

Erlen is 14 years old and is pregnant for the third time. She lives in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her home is a small shack. She usually sleeps on the floor, but now that she is in the later stages of her pregnancy, her mother has swapped places and allowed her to sleep in the bed. Erlen was 12 when she first became pregnant, but her baby was stillborn. A year later, she lost a second baby soon after its birth. If her new baby survives, Erlen is unlikely to return to school as she will need to stay at home to look after it. She will be a single parent.

Erlen would like to be a vet when she is older, and to live somewhere else.

 

James Mollison is a photographer whose work has been published in Colors, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and Le Monde.

More Images: http://www.motherjones.com/media/2012/11/kids-bedrooms-james-mollison

 


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