Expanding creativity and diversity in visual storytelling
Ferrin falls asleep on Lawanda Greene, dean of students and 12th grade math teacher at BCAM High School (middle left), as Lantonia Coston, assistant principal (middle right), and Jill Lee, english teacher (right) laugh. Lawanda has been a mentor figure to Ferrin, especially in her first year of teaching.
“Bloom” is an after work mixer at a night club in mid town Manhattan, New York. Olubode Shawn Brown, 55, founded the event in 2008 to provide a safe space for men "transitioning internally and physically.”
A bodybuilder tries to pick up under-aged Russian model, Anya Ushakova, 16, in Brighton Beach, NY.
Sunny Vaahn, 25, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon, holds the refugee identification card of his family members. The photograph was taken upon their initial entry into a refugee camp after their arduous trek across the Thai border following the end of Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia.
Delia Guzmán (19) rests in her bed in company of her favorite stuffed animal. She calls it “cat-bear” because it is a toy with no defined animal characteristic which makes it special and the reason to be her favorite among her collection.
Wilfredo "Sugar" Gonzalez and her husband Luis San Oguel, both HIV-positive, are a same-sex couple living in the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. Sugar provides child care for parents in the neighborhood, which is among those with the highest unmet need for child care services in New York City, according to a study by the New York Child Care Resource & Referral Consortium.
The Spratley family rides a subway to the Center for Temporary and Disability Assistance (CTDA) to request a hearing after their application for housing was denied. The family had to beg for someone to swipe them into the subway to be able to get to the CTDA in Brooklyn.
Korean and Chinese immigrants, known as "bus-kkun," ride daily to the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem, PA – but not for the gambling. Many are out of work or in poor health and make the trip solely to resell the free casino vouchers on the black market.
Austin Butler rests in his Bronx apartment after a long shift. Within the week, he will return to learn that the landlord has padlocked the apartment with his few possessions still inside