Photography projects can draw our attention, poignantly, to class inequality. Consider Vivian Mayer’s vintage photographs of New York and Chicago, for example, or Peter Menzel’s What We Own series. We need these projects because most of us are in class-segregated occupations and neighborhoods, not to mention a profoundly unequal world.
Photographer James Mollison has embarked on a similar project, Where Children Sleep, sent in by Kristina Killgrove, an anthropologist at Vanderbilt University, Yvette M., Amanda B., Dmitriy T.M., and my sister, Keely. Mollison has documented children and their bedrooms around the world. It’s heartbreaking to see how much some children have, and how little others do.
Jasmine, four-years-old, Kentucky:
Indira, seven-years-old, Nepal:
Roathy, eight-years-old, Cambodia:
Justin, eight-years-old, New Jersey:
Jamie, nine-years-old, New York City:
Ryuta, ten-years-old, Tokyo:
Ahkohxet, eight-years-old, Brazil:
Lots more pictures, and more details about these children, at the New York Times. Or, buy the book.
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.