Portraits of Kids Around the World Posing with Their Favorite Toys


This portrait is of a little boy named Lucas who lives in Sydney, Australia. Like many children around the world, Lucas enjoys playing with toys, particularly his set of miniature trains and wooden railroad tracks.

Like many photographers around the world, Gabriele Galimberti enjoys traveling. During an 18 month span of travels, Galimberti visited and photographed children in a long list of countries around the world with each child posing with his or her favorite toys. Lucas was one of the kids Galimberti visited for his project, which is titled “Toy Stories.”

For each of the images, Galimberti played with the children and their toys for a short time, helped them arrange the toys neatly on the ground, and then had the kids post for a portrait. Through the many portrait sessions, Galimberti discovered that children around the world have similarities and differences. While all enjoy playing and having fun, the economic status of the children apparently has a big influence on the children’s personalities.

The wealthiest children were more possessive of their belongings, refusing to let Galimberti touch the toys at first. Building rapport with those kids took longer. The poorer children were much more receptive to Galimberti and were more generous with their fewer belongings. In the poorest countries, children often had very few toys, and therefore spent most of their time outdoors with friends.

Galimberti’s portraits are very revealing of the children’s worlds — their personalities, economic statuses, families, interests, personalities, and countries:

Jaqueline - Manila, Philippines

Jaqueline – Manila, Philippines

Maudy - Kalulushi, Zambia

Maudy – Kalulushi, Zambia

Noel - Dallas, Texas

Noel – Dallas, Texas

Allenah - El Nido, Philippines

Allenah – El Nido, Philippines

Tangawizi - Keekorok, Kenya

Tangawizi – Keekorok, Kenya

Cun Zi Yi - Chongqing, China

Cun Zi Yi – Chongqing, China

Alessia - Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Alessia – Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Li Yi Chen - Shenyang, China

Li Yi Chen – Shenyang, China

Abel - Nopaltepec, Mexico

Abel – Nopaltepec, Mexico

Watcharapom - Bangkok, Thailand

Watcharapom – Bangkok, Thailand

Bethsaida - Port au Prince, Haiti

Bethsaida – Port au Prince, Haiti

Taha - Beirut, Lebanon

Taha – Beirut, Lebanon

Shaira - Mumbai, India

Shaira – Mumbai, India

Virginia - American Fork, Utah

Virginia – American Fork, Utah

Reanya - Sepang, Malaysia

Reanya – Sepang, Malaysia

Naya - Managua, Nicaragua

Naya – Managua, Nicaragua

Pavel - Kiev, Ukraine

Pavel – Kiev, Ukraine

Ryan - Johannesburg, South Africa

Ryan – Johannesburg, South Africa

Stella - Montecchio, Italy

Stella – Montecchio, Italy

Kalesi - Viseisei, Fiji Islands

Kalesi – Viseisei, Fiji Islands

Botlhe - Maun, Botswana

Botlhe – Maun, Botswana

Julia - Tirana, Albania

Julia – Tirana, Albania

Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi

Chiwa – Mchinji, Malawi

You can find the entire set of Toy Stories photographs over on Galimberti’s website.

Toy Stories by Gabriele Galimberti (via American Photo)

Image credits: Photographs by Gabriele Galimberti and used with permission