LEICA Fotographie International / BarTur Photo Award: Photojournalist of the Year
Streets of New York City
New York City, USA
New York City is an incessantly moving, incredibly vibrant and engaging place to photograph. These images are a selection of work that captures the mosaic that I see and experience as I walk with my camera. Juxtapositions of wealth and poverty, beauty and art and quirky people coming together for a split second in a composition that can freeze a moment that proves we all belong together and that anything is possible. A transgender woman with her duck, a woman napping by the garbage one afternoon on Billionaires Row, two young men seeking asylum in the USA from Russia because of brutal persecution for being gay, happily together in the East Village embracing. An old couple sleeps in the subway at 86th and Lexington every afternoon in the winter, a game of chess in midtown, a young man snaps an iPhone photo of a homeless man sleeping on top of a newspaper dispenser as his beautiful girlfriend walks through the frame, illustrating perceptions about vulnerability in a changing East Village. Beliefs and assumptions can all be challenged effectively through photography, forcing us to think about and see people we often miss who are existing right beside us. All of this happens during the course of a typical, nondescript day in New York City.