Everyone remembers his childhood toys. Photographer Gabriele Galimberti had an excellent series called “Toy Stories,” which captures the world’s children surrounded by their favorite toys. Ultimately, the toys on display reveal the hopes and ambitions of the people who bought them in the first place.

“Doing this, I learnt more about the parents than I did about the kids,” says Galimberti. There was the Latvian mother who drove a taxi for a living, and who showered her son with miniature cars; the Italian farmer whose daughter proudly displayed her plastic rakes, hoes and spades. Parents from the Middle East and Asia, he found, would push their children to be photographed even if they were initially nervous or upset, while South American parents were “really relaxed, and said I could do whatever I wanted as long as their child didn’t mind”.

























  • a Human being

    I think these photos, to a large extent, just reflect the parents’ hobbies, financial situation or simple disinterest.

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