American-Hungarian photographer Monika Merva stepped inside The City of Children, a housing facility for children seeking aid, for her latest series.
Merva gained access to the home, which offers children from impoverished and dysfunctional families a place to stay, through the director. The finished project, also titled 'The City of Children,' explores the surprisingly normal lifestyles that the young inhabitants lead. They all attend school, perform chores and are subject to a curfew.
Staring into the quiet faces of these children causes the viewer to wonder: what is the alternative? If a facility like the City of Children didn't exist, where would they be? Under what conditions would they be living? The series is permeated with a sense of gratefulness at the community and family the center offers these youth.