Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti always travels the world in search of adventure, good stories and interesting people. For his latest project, Toy Story, Galimberti photographed children from all over the world with their favorite toys. After 18 months of work on the project, he published a series of papers, which we present to you for your consideration. The way children play differs from country to country. Galimberti demonstrated that children in wealthier countries were more possessive with their toys. “In the beginning, they didn’t want me to touch their toys and it took me longer before they let me play with them,” says the Italian photographer. “It was much easier in poor countries. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, children mostly played with their friends outside.”

children and their toys

You have already seen a similar series of works in the selection about children and their bedrooms, where children’s rooms from different parts of the world were demonstrated. Now let’s talk about toys. There are many similarities in which children regard their toys, especially when it comes to their function. Galimberti met a six-year-old boy in Texas and a four-year-old girl in Malawi, both claiming their plastic dinosaurs would protect them from the dangers that await them at night. More common was how the toys reflected the world into which the child was born. A girl from a wealthy family in Mumbai loves Monopoly because she loves the idea of ​​building houses and hotels, while a boy from rural Mexico loves trucks because he sees them rumble through his village to the nearby sugar plantation every day. A Latvian child plays with miniature cars because his mother drove a taxi, while an Italian farmer’s daughter has an assortment of plastic rakes, hoes and shovels. In the photo below, the boy Watcharapom is from Bangkok, Thailand:
children and their toys

While working on Toy Story, Galimberti learned as much about parents as he did about children. Middle Eastern and Asian parents would force their kids to take pictures even if they were upset, while South American parents were “really soft and said I could only do things that their child didn’t mind”. In the photo, the girl Stella, Montecchio, Italy:

Ralph, Riga, Latvia:

Botle, Maun, Botswana:

Orly, Bronsville, Texas:

Noel, Dallas, Texas:

Maudi, Kalulushi, Zambia:

Li Yu Chen, Shenyang, China:

Chiva, Mchinji, Malawi:

David, La Valetta, Malta:

Cun Zi Yi – Chongqing, China:

Afara and Aisha, Bububu, Zanzibar:

Jacqueline, Manila, Philippines:

Thira, Stockholm, Sweden:

A similar selection of school classes in different countries also deserves attention, I advise you to visit it.