“Toy Stories” is a collection of photographs taken by Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti. It is exactly the kind of work that transverses so many levels. For example, it is a study in photography, archiving, social-economical situations, anthropological, and finally and obviously childhood.
Spanning around the world we see different children in the frame with one or more of their toys. The toys are placed in an altar-like arrangement, the child becomes a deity, or overlord, having supernatural powers- almost all are exuding pride.
Perhaps, the most interesting thing is that during his work Galimberti found that in richer countries where the kids had more toys, they were less inclined to share with him, while the poorer children were more readily inviting. In any case, it is an absolute delight to remember a time when anything could happen; where that small doll with the torn arm and head that keeps popping off, or that G.I Joe with the faded knapsack, or those building blocks a dog partially chewed, are the little doors to a crazy, unfiltered world of imagination.