James Mollison’s “Where Children Sleep” surprised me to say the least. I expected to see several pictures of children facing poverty. He did have a few of them, but that was not the focus. Mollison gave his readers/viewers a dynamic prospective of how children are born into various tiers of social constraints. I appreciated that he showed how just a picture of the child and their bed tells most of their story that they are living. It is quite remarkable to me that Mollison used pictures from all around the world. This made me appreciate he was going to great length to show as many issues that children face today.
By doing so, Mollison informed readers/viewers of the drastic differences of social classes from country to country and even within a single country. Each photo he includes could have an extensive essay written about the clothes, the “bed”, the room, and plainly the child’s look on their face. So for me, there is obviously a vast amount of rhetoric included in each and every photo. Mollison used the simplicity of the photos to give power to his argument.
Just one of the 27 bedroom and child photos that Mollison included.