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A few months after his photo session with Alessia, Galimberti was given a dream assignment. A photographer for D la Repubblica, Galimberti would spend two years traveling the world for a story about Couchsurfing.

"I was publishing a portrait of the Couchsurfer that was hosting me that week and writing their stories," Galimberti says. Remembering the photo he took of Alessia, Galimberti decided to add a personal project that would feature children with their favorite toys.

To find his models, Galimberti simply reached out to his hosts to see if they had any children, relatives, or neighbors who would want to participate. After that, it was up to Galimberti to get the children to play along, which was actually quite easy.

"I was really surprised to see how easy it was for children to understand my project," Galimberti says. To earn their trust, Galimberti would simply sit and play with the tots. If they needed more convincing, he would show them the portraits he had already taken.

Source: Gabriele Galimberti/INSTITUTE