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Cassie Kreitner
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What Playgrounds Look Like Around The World

What is child’s play? That’s the tantalizing question photographer James Mollison took upon himself to answer when he revisited his old school in the UK for a photography project. That led to Mollison visiting 59 schools in 17 countries over a five-year span to capture the similarities and differences in playgrounds across the world for his new book, Playground. Here, an eye-opening look at how little ones spend recess at elementary schools across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
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United States

Photo: © James Mollison
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Kenya

Valley View School, Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

Photo: © James Mollison
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UK

Hull Trinity House School, Hull, UK

Photo: © James Mollison
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Norway

Utheim Skole, Kårvåg, Averøy, Norway

Photo: © James Mollison
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Japan

Shohei Elementary School, Tokyo

Photo: © James Mollison
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USA

St. Mary of the Assumption, Elementary School, Brookline, Massachusetts

Photo: © James Mollison
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Sierra Leone

Kroo Bay Primary, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Photo: © James Mollison