Portraits of Kids and Their Favorite Possessions, Across Cultures

"The richest children were more possessive."

What was your favorite toy as a child? In Gabriele Galimberti's wonderful series Toy Stories , which we recently spotted over at Feature Shoot, the Italian photographer traveled the world to photograph children with their most prized possessions, be they pink or blue, new or old, plentiful or scarce.

The resulting photo series is in turns haunting and funny, but Galimberti's reports from the field are equally interesting. "The richest children were more possessive. At the beginning, they wouldn't want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them," Galimberti says. "In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn't really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside." Page through a few of our favorites from the series after the jump, and then be sure to head over to Galimberti's site to see many more.


Maudy -- Kalulushi, Zambia


Stella -- Montecchio, Italy


Chiwa -- Mchinji, Malawi


Pavel -- Kiev, Ucraina


Allenah -- El Nido, Philippines


Reanya -- Sepang, Malaysia


Puput -- Bali, Indonesia


Tangawizi -- Keekorok, Kenya


Keynor -- Cahuita, Costarica


Julia -- Tirana, Albania


Alessia -- Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy


Watcharapom -- Bangkok, Thailand


Botlhe -- Maun, Botswana


Arafa & Aisha -- Bububu, Zanzibar


Cun Zi Yi -- Chongqing, China

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Emily Temple is an editor at Flavorpill.

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