Children’s Prized Possessions

In a great set of images, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti has captured the prized possessions of children around the world, displaying how important play is to youngsters and toys (in all shapes and sizes) being at the heart this amusement.

Spotted via Slate, Galimberti organised the prized possessions in a very careful and organised style. Corresponding with Slate, the photographer declared, “I think my work just shows how different we are in the world, how differently we can live, and how differently our children play depending on where they are born”.

Now collected into a book (see AmazonUK link below), the images could be used in education as a discussion point exploring the similarities and differences in the toys children own around the world; as a class photography project – allowing families to take a similar image to be shared with the class; or as a stimulus to get children thinking about their own prized possessions, and the choices they would make if they were to be photographed.

A portfolio of a selection of the images are included on Galimberti’s website, with the artist observing,

“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,”

“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.”

Now, there’s another point for discussion.

All images below are a selection from

Explore more images at Gabriele Galimberti’s website – Click here to view.

Oscar, 7 - Bradfotd on Avon, U.K.
Oscar, 7 – Bradford on Avon, U.K.
Sofia, 4 - Bradfort on Avon, UK
Sofia, 4 – Bradford on Avon, UK
Ryan - Johannesburg, South Africa
Ryan – Johannesburg, South Africa
Naya - Managua, Nicaragua
Naya – Managua, Nicaragua
Abel - Nopaltepec, Mexico
Abel – Nopaltepec, Mexico
Tyra - Stockholm, Sweden
Tyra – Stockholm, Sweden
Mikkel, 5 - Bergen, Norway
Mikkel, 5 – Bergen, Norway
Noel - Dallas, Texas
Noel – Dallas, Texas

You can purchase the book, with even more images via Amazon. Please click on the link below to view…


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