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James Mollison (Kenya, 1973) confirms that “play is incredibly universal” in Playground, a photographic series that shows scenes of school playgrounds in different parts of the world. Emphatically general though these views are, it is the details that show up the disparities between the socioeconomic and political environments of the playgrounds, but also the little difference there is in the behavior of children when the bell rings for the break.
A Kenyan photographer raised in England, where he studied art and design at Oxford Brookes University, and afterwards film and photography at the Newport School of Art and Design. He moved to Italy to work for Benetton, and since 2011 has been the creative editor of the brand’s magazine, Colors. His work has been published in many prestigious journals, including Colors, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian Magazine, The Paris Review, GQ, New York Magazine and Le Monde.