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Seek and You Shall Find

Asking a group of young kids to play hide-and-seek leads to predictably great results.

Enzo.

ANYONE WHO KNOWS A CHILD knows that kids of a certain age are uniformly, hilariously horrible at playing hide-and-seek. (Developmental psychologists theorize that young children “consider mutual eye contact a requirement for one person to be able to see another.”) In mid-September, we sent photographer Paulo Batalha on a special assignment: he had to invite young Brazilian children to play hide-and-seek and record the results. Batalha took his camera to São Paulo’s Favela Vila Prudente and introduced himself to residents. Here is the delightful—if very obvious—outcome.

Hiding in the neighborhood store.
Enzo.
Gabriella.
Gabriella.
Enzo.
Peering through the fence.
Pedro.
Iuri.
Enzo.
Maria.
Enzo, age 3
Gabriella, age 4
Iuri, age 4
Pedro, age 3
Maria, age 3

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