Toys… Who doesn’t have one? “They say toys can tell a story about the child background including their family and parents career”. To demonstrate this, an Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti travelled around the world and photograph children and their favorite toys. Thus a photo series called “Toy Stories” were born.

For 18 months he would often join in with the kid’s games before the photo shoot. According to him “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. 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.”

Galimberti discovered that even worlds apart, when it comes to their toys children had similar illustration on them. He even met a boy from Texas named Orly and a girl from Malawi named Chiwa, both believed that their dinosaur toy would protect them from any danger at night. Galimberti learns that most children’s toys personify their parents work and pastime. And he believes that toys did not change over the past three decades or so, except for computer games.

Chiwa – Mchinji, Malawi
Chiwa – Mchinji, Malawi
Tangawizi - Kenya
Tangawizi – Kenya
Botlhe – Maun, Botswana
Botlhe – Maun, Botswana
Taha – Beirut, Lebanon
Taha – Beirut, Lebanon
Bethsaida – Port au Prince, Haiti
Bethsaida – Port au Prince, Haiti
Arafa & Aisha – Bububu, Zanzibar
Arafa & Aisha – Bububu, Zanzibar
Allenah – El Nido, Philippines
Allenah – El Nido, Philippines
Ryan - South Africa
Ryan – South Africa
Orly – Brownsville, Texas
Orly – Brownsville, Texas
Jaqueline - Manila-Philippines
Jaqueline – Manila-Philippines
Tyra - Sweden
Tyra – Sweden
Watcharapon - Bangkok
Watcharapon – Bangkok
Reanya - Kuala-Lumpur-Malaysia
Reanya – Kuala-Lumpur-Malaysia
Noe - South Dallas, Texas
Noe – South Dallas, Texas
Ragnar - Iceland
Ragnar – Iceland
Davide - Bugeja, Malta
Davide – Bugeja, Malta
Julia – Tirana, Albania
Julia – Tirana, Albania
Enea – Boulder, Colorado
Enea – Boulder, Colorado
Lucas – Sydney, Australia
Lucas – Sydney, Australia
Alessia – Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
Alessia – Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
Abel – Nopaltepec, Mexico
Abel – Nopaltepec, Mexico

Source: gabrielegalimberti.com