Day 284: Toy Stories

by Sara

“Everyone remembers their childhood toys. The fact that I can recall how most of mine tasted better than I can remember the names of my primary school teachers says everything you need to know about the universe kids inhabit. Indeed, when Galimberti hit upon the idea of photographing children from around the world with their toys, he was not expecting to uncover much we did not already know: kids love dolls and dinosaurs and trucks and cuddly monkeys, and will construct worlds around them before eventually, inevitably, disregarding them for ever. “At their age, they are pretty all much the same,” is his conclusion after 18 months working on the project. “They just want to play.”

But how they play can reveal a lot. “The richest children were more possessive. At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them,” says the Italian, who would often join in with a child’s games before arranging the toys and taking the photograph. “In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.””

(Gabriele Galimberti)

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Tyra – Stockholm, Sweden

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Botlhe – Maun, Botswana

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Pavel – Kiev, Ucraina

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Maudy – Kalulushi, Zambia

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Alessia – Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

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Taha – Beirut, Lebanon

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Orly – Brownsville, Texas

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