Captured

Toys are us

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti offers revealing portraits of children with their favorite playthings

Originally, Gabriele Galimberti was just going to photograph a girl who happened to be playing with her toys. But once the photographer laid the four-year-old's colorful plastic farm tools around her, he saw potential. "Immediately," he says in his book's introduction, "there was something about the composition I liked."

Thus began a 30-month, 58-country tour photographing children and their favorite toys. The resulting book, Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things, published by Abrams Image, reveals a great deal about the world's diverse socio-economic realties through an incredibly simple and inclusive subject. After all, who among us didn't have a beloved plaything — or ten — growing up?

Here, a selection of Galimberti's sweet and fascinating photos.

Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite ThingsBy Gabriele GalimbertiPublished by Abrams Image

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