Children at Play

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Tanks become toys in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1994

No matter how dire the situation, how dangerous the environment, children need to play.

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Children play on an anti-aircraft gun near Beirut, Lebanon, 1982

Whether it is splashing in puddles or climbing on abandoned tanks, their world of make believe is almost as important as food and shelter.

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Boys playing football in flooded pastures, Bangladesh, 1983

“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” - Heraclitus

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Children play next to an abandoned freighter, Sitwe, Myanmar (Burma), 1995

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Two children play a game by a road, India, 1993

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Young Cambodian boys play in the ruins of Preah Khan near Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 1999

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Young monks at play, Burma, 1994

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Yemen, 1997

“Child’s play is the exultation of the possible.” – M. Buber

49 Responses to “Children at Play”

  1. very nice pictures thank you…

  2. Anonymous Says:

    good work ..

  3. good post. thank you very much.

  4. The first one is very sad.They’re playin with a weapon without knowing his purpose.

  5. photo and video quality really shows itself

  6. interesting theme for your shots…
    thats cool…

  7. [...] Junio de 1967. Israel. Guerra de los seis días. Un grupo de niños juega a la guerra con los desechos de un tanque sirio abatido sólo horas atrás por el ataque preventivo israelí que acabó con las amenazas de la coalición sirio-egipcia. Como si toda aquella guerra tuviera que transcurrir por la vía rápida, aquellos juegos se despachan con la emoción del que se cree afortunado en su ignorancia. Verano de 1982. Beirut. Líbano. La guerra ha dividido la ciudad en dos. Musulmanes y cristianos se reparten tierras y odios. Israel ha invadido la ciudad y destruido las defensas anti-aéreas. Irónicamente los niños libaneses imitarán el mismo juego que 15 años antes habían hecho los hijos de sus invasores. La historia se vuelve a repetir. Fuente, 2. [...]

  8. i also played the rolling tires when I was a young kid.. It is being played here in the Philippines too.

  9. Images that represent real art. Very succesful photo shoots thanks for sharing

  10. [...] Junio de 1967. Israel. Guerra de los seis días. Un grupo de niños juega a la guerra con los desechos de un tanque sirio abatido sólo horas atrás por el ataque preventivo israelí que acabó con las amenazas de la coalición sirio-egipcia. Como si toda aquella guerra tuviera que transcurrir por la vía rápida, aquellos juegos se despachan con la emoción del que se cree afortunado en su ignorancia. Verano de 1982. Beirut. Líbano. La guerra ha dividido la ciudad en dos. Musulmanes y cristianos se reparten tierras y odios. Israel ha invadido la ciudad y destruido las defensas anti-aéreas. Irónicamente los niños libaneses imitarán el mismo juego que 15 años antes habían hecho los hijos de sus invasores. La historia se vuelve a repetir. Fuente, 2. [...]

  11. [...] Junio de 1967. Israel. Guerra de los seis días. Un grupo de niños juega a la guerra con los desechos de un tanque sirio abatido sólo horas atrás por el ataque preventivo israelí que acabó con las amenazas de la coalición sirio-egipcia. Como si toda aquella guerra tuviera que transcurrir por la vía rápida, aquellos juegos se despachan con la emoción del que se cree afortunado en su ignorancia. Verano de 1982. Beirut. Líbano. La guerra ha dividido la ciudad en dos. Musulmanes y cristianos se reparten tierras y odios. Israel ha invadido la ciudad y destruido las defensas anti-aéreas. Irónicamente los niños libaneses imitarán el mismo juego que 15 años antes habían hecho los hijos de sus invasores. La historia se vuelve a repetir. Fuente, 2. [...]

  12. [...] will find ways to play, no matter where they are or under what circumstances they live (see these photos of kids playing on tanks and anti-aircraft guns). We aren’t just failing our children when we don’t bother to invest in safe outdoor [...]

  13. shajal Says:

    very nice pictures

  14. Your photo of the Hazara boy in Afghanistan reminds me of the main character in one of my favorite novels, ‘Kite Runner.’

    Wondering, do you have any photos from (the Republic of) Georgia?

    -Shawna in DC

  15. strong pictures.

    I´m enjoing your work.

    Greetings from Brazil

  16. Hi Steve, am always inspired by your images as a fellow photographer (www.visitedplanet.com) but nowhere near as successful!

    This very fact about children at play often strikes me during my travels, kids, families and people for that matter are often the same all around the world no matter the race, creed, colour etc. We all love our families, our food, our kids. Great inspiring images, look forward to more from you!

  17. [...] ich einerseits beeindruckt, ob der aussagekräftigen Bilder andererseits auch sehr nachdenklich: Spielende Kinder. [...]

  18. Hello Steve,

    This is the first time I have entered in your blog and you impress me with your images.

    Thank you for share it online !!!
    By the way. Why your workshops are so expensive? …Modest photographer like me never can do it.

    Best regards
    David

  19. hi Steve
    have you ever traveled to Iran, if so, would you please share some of your pictures from there with us. thank you so much

  20. Superb series. Very universal photographs.

  21. coffeebeans Says:

    pics are so much mightier than words! You must definitely use them to end the baseless wars going around the world.

    Very emotionally stirring!

  22. If everyone has a mind of a kid, really we can enjoy our life. NO matter what is happenning around, they do tend to not to react much. That is what keepint them always happy. They dont have any bitter feelings about others. THey just enjoy!

    Its a must learning for a human being.

    Chandu

  23. sunshinelollipop Says:

    Some really beautiful pics

    http://sunshinelollipop.wordpress.com

  24. Real nice photos. The last one is amazing.

  25. You are a great Photographer

  26. kepinghidup Says:

    Kid’s Life…. unforgettable

  27. nice pic. i love children very much.

  28. i was so touch.pictures itself tells something we need to know even without captions supporting them…nice pictures

  29. Gotta love how the Taliban outlawed flying kites but saw no problems at all with the old toxic tank swing. These are pictures of kid’s making the best out of what they have but it’s hard not to see that these are also pictures of governments that have turned their backs on their own people. Good Post!

  30. i also played the rolling tires when I was a young kid.. It is being played here in the Philippines too.

  31. Wow! Nice pictures. Love them! Did you take them?

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  33. sad that kids have to play on weapons of war. but its great to see kids play even in that setting

  34. Lovely images of children making the most of their world. I see only 2 girls here, though. I wouldn’t necessarily expect them to be playing with boys in these Asian and Middle Eastern countries, but I would expect to see groups of girls playing. Is it just coincidence that there are none in this little gallery, or do social and cultural reasons make girls at play less common or less visible?

  35. siva prabu Says:

    hi steve,

    amazing …… expecting more similar pictures from u soon..

  36. children everywhere, at any time in any language, beautiful colors

  37. interesting theme for your shots…
    thats cool…

  38. Steve, your photos are emotionally stirring. I find these shots of children finding imaginative play in the objects and circumstances around them, some that would make grownups shudder, to be a noble statement of the magic that is childhood. Beautiful. Thank you.

  39. Rolling used tyres or rims is very popular play among kids in India also… I always loved it… :)

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