This Kind of Poverty: A photographic exploration of children's views on poverty

In This Kind of Poverty, award-winning photographer Spencer Murphy teamed up with the charity Save the Children to investigate what children living in one of the most deprived areas of the UK think about poverty.

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Visiting the Poplar Boys and Girls Youth Club in London's Tower Hamlets, Murphy photographed Billy, Claire, Amira, Sydnee, Trey and many more – pairing their portraits with their own written notes on the very subject.

Frank, honest and heartfelt – the pictures and accompanying words set out to highlight the charity's UK Poverty campaign, which aims to call on the government to encourage more employers to pay the living wage, strengthen the new Universal Credit welfare system and help parents afford to work by providing extra childcare support.

Reading Adam's thoughts, poverty means "not having the basic things to live, like food, clothes, education". For Jaden, it's about "not having toys" and "no showers". Put simply, Claire believes poverty means "not being able to have anything".

According to Save the Children, which commissioned this unique series to mark the launch of its first-ever domestic appeal and survey of child poverty in the UK, Britain's poorest youngsters are bearing the brunt of austerity, while parents on modest incomes are increasingly struggling. To find out more, or to get involved, visit


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