Happy #pride ! A few weeks ago I photographed #newyorkcity getting ready for #pride celebrations for @de_volkskrant magazine. It was so wonderful to see my favorite city celebrating and remembering. CAPTIONS 1- @gothamcheer debuts their new uniforms outside of the historic Stonewall Inn. The group is a non-profit adult cheer squad that helps local charities and is comprised entirely of diverse and spirited LGBTQ volunteers and allies. 2- Park guards at Stonewall National Mounment dress us the park for the upcoming 50th anniversary if the Stonewall Uprising which occurred on June 28th, 1969. 3- Bureau of General Services-Queer Division book shop ( @bgsqd) part of @lgbtcenternyc with is owned and run by partners Donnie Lochum and Greg Newton. The BGSQD is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center and bookstore. 4- A man bikes past the @theaidsmemorial in Manhattans West Village. The memorial, opened in 2016, stands as a monument to the 100,000 men, women, and children who have died from AIDS. It is next to St. Vincent’s hospital which housed the city’s first and largest AIDS ward and which is often considered the symbolic epicenter of the disease. The memorial features work by @jennyholzerstudio and an engraving of #waltwhitman ‘s “Song of Myself”.
A story: In 2009 I covered the Afghan elections between incumbent Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah. Karzai was not popular at the time but still favored to win the vote. First frame is a group of women at an Abdullah rally. At his inauguration (second frame) photographers were allowed to sit at the very back of the auditorium in the presidential palace. I looked down at my feeble lens and looked at the photographers around me hoisting 200-300mm lenses to catch the moment. I was so young at the time that I didn’t even own a lens longer than 75mm, so this was the best photo I got. I went to a presidential inauguration and only saw hats. You can see a very small Karzai in the middle. I used to be so ashamed of this photo but now I love it. We make mistakes, we learn, we grow. I stopped going to press events and told other stories. Kabul, Afghanistan, 2009.
Get down with Queens Pride Festival 🏳️🌈 #onassignment #queens #pride #jacksonheights
Roma wedding. Istanbul, Turkey 2010. _____________________________ I’ve been going through my archive over the past few months, remembering all the work I’ve done over the past ten years and I’m consistently amazed at all the people that let me into their lives. I’m always grateful, not to mention lucky that I get to see such an intimate side of people’s lives as a stranger. Very excited to start sharing some new work in the United States!
A Red Hook Farmer.
Christos Anesti! Images from Orthodox Easter and Lent in Constantinople throughout the years. May you pig always be roasted and your egg fights be fierce. 🐣 #christosanesti #easter #orthodox #constantinople #middleeast #greek
There was a time when I was going to a lot of Kurdish weddings. Some I was invited to, some were in my hotel so I drifted down. Many of them were engagement parties as well. Everyone was lovely and welcoming to this yabanci, and made me drink a lot of soda. It was good fun. #kurdish #kurdishweddings #turkey #wedding #middleeast #engagement #engagementparties #mardin #diyabakır
Happy Earth Day! Here are some of the amazing women that are park rangers in @virunganationalpark. These women battle poachers and rebels on a daily basis in one of the worlds most beautiful places. This work was published on @natgeo .com and funded by the @IWMF. #earthday #drc #virunga #femalerangers
In 2009 I went to Lake Akdamar in Van, Turkey by myself to see the ancient church and island. I was promptly adopted by this family who plied me with tea and bread till I was stuffed while resting on the beach and later exploring the church. After hearing my train was that night they made me come to their home until a cousin took me and these two girls to the train station at midnight, loaded down with snacks for my overnight journey. ❤️🇹🇷
Shortly after Istanbul’s Taksim Square protests and civil unrest ripples through Turkey, I began noticing the way municipal street cleaners would censor graffiti, masking the voice of the people. I began imagining a man, the sansürcü walking the streets and deciding what was allowed and what wasn’t with his never matching shade of grey, which piled up as the months wore on. Life in those days were various shades of grey, as the dissent and hope was squashed and the daily outlook was grim. Last night Turkey had municipal elections where the opposition won in all the major cities. I’m hoping for less gris and more color in a city I lived in and loved deeply. The project was sadly never published. I was too nervous to promote it when I was living there and also probably because it was too niche or too artistic for people to understand. That was a few years ago and I believe shades of grey have entered many lives. But editors if you’re interested holler at me!
Sahara or Moon?
When journalists do come in to Gaza, most of them are male, so they end up talking exclusively to men. When I explained the project to women, they would ask “Why are you interested in me? I’m not that interesting,” because they’re so used to being in the background. Eventually they understood their importance because there’s a certain amount of power in saying to a girl “I see you. Your story is really powerful.” I spoke with @roadsandkingdoms about working on and publishing the #GazaGirlsBook. CAPTION: A group of engineering students prepare to graduate at Palestine University in 2017.
Working in a new climate and clearly loving it.
Thanks New York for this spring day and slowly settling this Middle-Eastern transplant into winter.
World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide. I went to Haiti last year to document what organizations like @everymomcounts and @midwives4haiti are doing to improve birth outcomes and improve access to essential maternal care. Please check out their website and consider donating to help preventable maternal deaths.
I photographed a group of Syrian girls, navigating the difficult path to coming of age in Ankara for the @malalafund. Today is the #internationaldayofthegirl, where we commit to supporting every girl as she reaches her full potential. We remember the challenges girls overcome and delights of being young.