Four Amazing Contemporary Portrait Series

Published June 6, 2013
Updated January 16, 2018

A Child’s Most Prized Possession

Contemporary Portrait Series Toy Stories 5

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Contemporary Portrait Series Toy Stories Pictures

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Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti spent about a year and a half shooting images for his project Toy Stories. He travelled all over the world to capture the portraits, visiting both extremely wealthy and incredibly poor countries and communities. In each location, Galimberti took pictures of young children surrounded by their most prized possessions.

Portrait Toy Stories 1

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Portrait Toy Stories 4

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A quick glance through the photos shows that both the quantity and type of toys varies greatly from child to child. As if it were an anthropological study, each picture directly comments on the economic status of the country and the nuclear family. Despite the obvious differences, in the end, Galimberti concluded that, “At their age, [these children] are pretty all much the same… they just want to play.”

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Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.