Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison

July 5 – October 25, 2016

Photograph of a Nepalese child holding a hammer

Photographer James Mollison’s breathtaking photography series, Where Children Sleep, captures deeply personal portraits of children from around the world, alongside images of where they sleep each night.  The photographs are arresting in the shocking disparity they portray. The viewer is also reminded of the vulnerability of all children, and their need for safe, stable and nurturing environments. So much of these children’s experiences, their daily lives, and their most quiet moments before drifting into sleep are shaped by their circumstances and by conditions beyond their control.  The environments in which they are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, age, and sleep affect a wide range of health functioning and quality of life outcomes and risks that affect their entire lives.

Photograph of where a Nepalese child sleeps

At CDC we work to ensure that no matter where children are born, or lay their heads at night, their health is protected and sweet dreams follow. The health and well-being of today’s children is a “down payment” on the health and well-being of the adults they will become, as well as that of their children.  There is no better way to assure the health of future generations than to improve conditions for today’s children and their families.

Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison is organized and circulated by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California. In Atlanta, Where Children Sleep is presented by CDC’s David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Associate Director for Communication, with support from the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

Image Credit: Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal, James Mollison

Special Curator Tours

Join our curator, Louise E. Shaw, for a special tour of this exhibition.


August 10th, August 24th, September 7th, September 21st, October 5th, and October 19th

These tours are free and open to the public. Reservations are required; RSVP to museum@cdc.gov. Space is limited.

Page last reviewed: May 18, 2016