By Sara Malm. The difference between east and west, rich and poor becomes stark when looking at how our children sleep at night. We meet nine-year-old Dong from China who sleeps underneath a poster of Chairman Mao with his parents and sister; Roathy, eight, from Cambodia who lives on a rubbish tip; Kaya, four, from Tokyo, whose mother makes her at least three new dresses a month; and Indira from Nepal who has worked in the local granite quarry since the age of three. Roathy, aged eight, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Roathy lives with his family on a rubbish tip, on the outskirts of the Cambodian capital along with an estimated five thousand people who all pay rent to live on the dump. His bed is made of old tyres. At 6am every morning, Roathy and hundreds of other children are given a shower and breakfast at a local charity centre, which is often the only meal of the day.
Where Children Sleep photographs from around the world
'Where Children Sleep': A Round-the-World Tour of Bedrooms - The Atlantic
A few years ago, James Mollison began taking photos of children around the world and their rooms. Erlen is 14 years old and is pregnant for the third time. She lives in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her home is a small shack. She usually sleeps on the floor, but now that she is in the later stages of her pregnancy, her mother has swapped places and allowed her to sleep in the bed. Erlen was 12 when she first became pregnant, but her baby was stillborn.
Color Me Unimpressed
Covid closures coincided with an initiation ceremony that has put many on a path out of education and set back years of progress. Instead, they go each evening to sleep in a nearby school building and return home in the morning. The school has been shut since the Covid outbreak, and benches have been moved aside to make room for mattresses, and a makeshift kitchen.
I put some questions to Conway about his most recent series. How did you come across the Walmart project? It was actually while I was shooting.