James Mollison was born in Kenya in 1973 and grew up in England. He has studied Art & Design and Film & Photography. He moved to Italy to work at Benetton’s creative lab, Fabrica. His work has been widely published throughout the world, he has published a book titled “Disciples” and in 2007 he published The Memory of Pablo Escobar– “the extraordinary story of ‘the richest and most violent gangster in history’ told by hundreds of photographs”.
I wanted to share Mollison’s project Where Children Sleep, the diversity of which I found fascinating, the photo’s portray the bedrooms of children from around the world.
Mollison states “When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was… From the start, I didn’t want it just to be about ‘needy children’ in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations. It seemed to make sense to photograph the children themselves, too, but separately from their bedrooms, using a neutral background. My thinking was that 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.”
A Telegraph photo album can be found HERE