When photographer James Mollison was asked to come up with an idea for UNICEF’s anniversary, he found himself uninspired by the stereotypical emotive portrait, he told NPR. He wanted to photograph children around the world and their bedrooms because he thinks that where children sleep at night tells people a lot about a child’s life circumstances and the child’s society as a whole.
Mollison himself knows something about this. His early years were spent in Kenya with teddy bears, then a few years later he remembers mostly mice, and later Duran Duran posters and Army paraphernalia.
UNICEF didn’t like his idea, so he decided to do it on his own. He found the children to photograph for his project when he was traveling for other assignments. He found support for Where Children Sleep with Italy’s Save the Children.
My opinion? Looking over these photos would be a good activity for the whole family. American parents can be thankful for the circumstances into which they were born and the opportunities that have allowed them to provide for their children, and children can gain an awareness of how blessed they are and how thankful they should be for their parents and for American society.
What you’ll see in these photos is that even the poorest American children live better than many children elsewhere in the world. But can this easily shift? Yes, it can. All we need to do is abolish the minimum wage, child labor laws, other employment laws, and government regulations — changes many in this country would like to see.