CHILD'S PLAY

Photos: How school playgrounds look around the world

Photographer James Mollison has a talent for highlighting the peculiarities of different cultures by portraying similar situations in different contexts. In his book Where Children Sleep Mollison portrayed children from all over the world—from China, to Kenya, to Brazil—in their bedrooms surrounded by their toys and possessions. And he’s done it again with his new book, Playground, which examines school playgrounds around the world.

Inspired by his own memories of playing during school breaks, the Kenyan-born photographer has captured the little tragedies and comedies of child’s play. In schools around the world, Morrison’s camera is able to illustrate the different ways childhood’s various joys and inequalities play out according to where his young subjects live.

Hull Trinity House School, Hull, UK

Hull Trinity House School, Hull (UK)
(James Mollison)

Valley View School, Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

Valley View School,
Mathare, Nairobi,
Kenya
(James Mollison)

 

Aida Boys School, Bethlehem, the West Bank

Aida Boys School,
Bethlehem,
West Bank
(James Mollison)

 

Holtz High School, Tel Aviv, Israel

Holtz High School,
Tel Aviv, Israel
(James Mollison)

Dechen Phodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan

Dechen Phodrang,
Thimphu, Bhutan
(James Mollison)

Utheim Skole, Kårvåg, Averøy, Norway

Utheim Skole,
Kårvåg, Averøy,
Norway
(James Mollison)

Shohei Elementary School, Tokyo, Japan

Shohei Elementary School, Tokyo
(James Mollison)

Inglewood High School, Inglewood, California, US

Inglewood High School,
Inglewood, California
(James Mollison)

St. Mary of the Assumption, Elementary School, Brookline, Massachusetts, US

St. Mary of the Assumption
Elementary School,
Brookline, Massachusetts
(James Mollison)

Kroo Bay Primary, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Kroo Bay Primary,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone
(James Mollison)

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