Thought-Provoking Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Valued Possessions

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 website to see many more.

Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Reanya — Sepang, Malaysia. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Chiwa — Mchinji, Malawi. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Stella — Montecchio, Italy. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti

Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Maudy — Kalulushi, Zambia. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Pavel — Kiev, Ucraina. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Allenah — El Nido, Philippines. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti

Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Puput — Bali, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Tangawizi — Keekorok, Kenya. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Keynor — Cahuita, Costarica. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti

Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Julia — Tirana, Albania. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Alessia — Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Watcharapom — Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti

Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Botlhe — Maun, Botswana. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Arafa & Aisha — Bububu, Zanzibar. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti
Cun Zi Yi — Chongqing, China. Photo Credit: Gabriele Galimberti