The Light of the World by Zoe Freilich

La Luz Del Mundo or The Light of the World is a Christian denomination church that was founded in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1926. Aaron Joaquin Gonzalez, the church’s founder had appealed to people belonging to the poorer sections of society and offered the church as an alternative to Catholicism. In spite of the growing criticism on ritual practices in the church over the years, the group has managed to expand rapidly across the United States and in 2018 even established its first branch in the Republic of Congo. 

Female members follow a strict dress code that includes long skirts, no jewellery and headscarves during religious services. When girls in the church turn fourteen, they must announce if they have decided to be baptized. These photos were taken at La Luz Del Mundo in Jackson Heights, at the 14th birthday party of Betsabe Escamille by Zoe Freilich.

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Earth Day Feature: Falling In Love Under The Great Oaks

The early ’50 were the days of the Kibbutz Movement. Fifteen families from Alonim left to create an alternative community near Kiryat Tiv’on, a town in the Haifa District of Israel. They built fifteen houses that were identical to each other and established the Shikun-Ella neighbourhood. Small farms, spacious backyards, children in donkey-drawn-carts headed to school and parents rearing cattle were the most common sights.     

Most of my memories as a teenager are of my family and friends on the farm. I remember walking under the hills, where the statue of Alexander Zaid, one of the prominent leaders of the Second Aliyah, sat upright on his horse and saluted the people. I remember the path I took to school which led me through the valley and under the great oaks, where I fell in love, searched for solitude and learned to photograph.

I carried my camera everywhere so as to not miss a moment on the farm. I bore witness to time as people got older, trees gave way to saplings and my friends moved on from toys to beers. It has been years since I’ve returned but no matter where I go, I always carry with me Shikun-Ella.

 

Text and Images By Daniel Rolider

New York Subway Musicians

Each year, hundreds of musicians flock to the MTA Music Under New York program to become officially sanctioned New York City subway musicians. This year, MTA MUSIC received 309 applications with audio samples and selected 82 finalists to audition. The MTA Arts and Design program, which started in 1985, aims to find the best subway performance groups to enhance New Yorkers’ commutes.

Diego Oliver, a student of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program, brings us images of a few of these musicians who make our commute, memorable.

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

With 12 marching bands, 26 floats, and musicians like Rita Ora, Diana Ross and John Legend performing, this year, the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, was witnessed by nearly 3.5 million people in Manhattan. The parade began in the year 1924 and has been a holiday tradition ever since.

May Meng, a student of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program, photographed this year’s parade.

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Eric Soto: A Man On A Mission

Eric Soto, 17 years old from Inwood, did not grow up in a political household. His first taste of politics was the TV show House of Cards. As a high school senior, his college counsellor set him up to volunteer with Max Rose’s Staten Island campaign for one day. Soto had never been to Staten Island. Now, he commutes roughly four hours roundtrip, is Rose’s youngest employee and a canvassing legend within the campaign.

Soto holds the record for collecting the most confirmed “yes’s” (143) in one day. Another campaign worker, Max Davidson, says the first time he watched Soto canvass, “it was what the people at the Manhattan project must have felt the first time they saw an atomic bomb go off. Then put that on repeat.”

His success as a canvassing powerhouse quickly got him promoted to field manager and head of training, where his responsibilities include teaching volunteers to canvass and work the phone bank.

Soto thinks the fact that he cannot vote (he turns 18 two weeks after the midterms) might occasionally make him more convincing as a canvasser, but often does not even come up in conversation. “If there is one thing that sets me apart from other canvassers, it is that I really feel I need to make a connection with people.” Though still young, Soto has developed his own political one-liners. “We cannot let the toxic politics of yesterday,” he says, “affect the good we can do today.”

Text and Photographs by Cheney Orr.

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Eric Soto, 17, rides the bus on the way to Max Rose campaign office in Staten Island, Nov. 5, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, interacts with coworkers at the Max Rose campaign office in Staten Island, Nov. 4, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, trains canvassing volunteers during the GOTV Rally on Staten Island, Nov. 4, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, outside the Max Rose campaign office in Staten Island, Nov. 4, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, trains canvassing volunteers during the GOTV Rally on Staten Island, Nov. 4, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, helps a coworker at the Max Rose campaign office in Staten Island, Nov. 5, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, rides the Staten Island Ferry on the way to Max Rose campaign office in Staten Island, Nov. 5, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, knocks on doors while canvassing in Staten Island’s North Shore, Nov. 5, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, hands out flyers while canvassing in Staten Island’s North Shore, Nov. 5, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, leaves the Max Rose campaign office in Staten Island to go canvassing for votes, Nov. 4, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, watches election results come in the basement of an apartment building in Staten Island’s North Shore, Nov. 6, 2018
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Eric Soto, 17, celebrates Max Rose’s win at the official campaign party at the Vanderbilt ballroom on Staten Island, Nov. 6, 2018

U.S. Midterm Elections 2018

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Andrew Gounardes, Democratic elect for New York state Senate District 22, at his election night victory party, Brooklyn, N.Y, 6. Nov 2018. Photograph by Nora Savosnick
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Jessica Ramos, Queens, N.Y., Democrat candidate for the state Senate District 13 answers a reporter during an interview after her meeting with supporters at the Palki Party Center, Queens, N.Y., November 6th, 2018. Photograph by Maria Muzalevskaya

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Supporters listen to Andrew Gounardes’ first speech after his victory in the US midterm elections, Brooklyn, 6. Nov 2018. Photograph by Nora Savosnick

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Nov. 6, 2018 – Incumbent Democratic representative Nydia Velázquez checks her phone for election updates at her official election campaign party in Brooklyn, New York. Photograph by Alina Tiphagne

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An activist rallies in support of John Liu, a Democrat candidate for the state Senate in the 11th district, Queens, N.Y., November 4th, 2018. Photograph by Maria Muzalevskaya
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Andrew Gounardes, Democratic elect for New York state Senate District 22, at his election night victory party, Brooklyn, N.Y, 6. Nov 2018. Photograph by Nora Savosnick
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John Liu, 51, a Democrat candidate for the state Senate in the 11th district, Queens, N.Y., surrounded by his supporters during the rally in Bayside, Queens, N.Y. Photograph by Maria Muzalevskaya

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Dani Liebling of Brooklyn, New York hands out leaflets for the Green Party’s gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins at the subway station on 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Photograph by Anna Watts
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Maynard Posner, 89, a volunteer voting inspector from Melville, loads a briefcase of election materials into his car on Sunday, November 4th 2018 in Melville, New York. Maynard has been a volunteer voting inspector for 20 years. Photograph by Max Posner
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Nov. 6, 2018 – Democratic representative Nydia Velázquez watches a television as the midterm results are telecasted during her official election campaign party in Brooklyn, New York. Congresswoman Velázquez was the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress. She has served in the US House of Representatives since the year 1993. Photograph by Alina Tiphagne

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John Liu, 51, surrounded by his supporters during the official election campaign party in Monahan’s bar in Queens, N.Y., November 6th, 2018. Photograph by Maria Muzalevskaya
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Maynard Posner, 89, a volunteer voting inspector of Melville prepares the sign-in table for his election district at West Hollow Middle School in Melville, New York on Tuesday, November 6th 2018. To fulfil his duties as an inspector, Maynard arrives at the polling place at 5am to set up. Photograph by Max Posner

Halloween 2018

Union Square Grassman

Established in the year 1994, Union Square Grassman is owned and operated by Stewart Borowsky. This eco-friendly business sells wheatgrass, micro-greens and sprouts out of a refurbished school bus at the Union Square Greenmarket all year round. These images capture, visually, a day in the life of an urban agricultural entrepreneur.

Photographs and captions by Max Posner.

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Stewart Borowsky measures seeds for germination at his farm in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Stewart’s day begins at 5am.

 

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Stewart soaks wheatgrass and micro-green seeds in the workbox shipping container at his farm in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The seeds need anywhere between a couple of hours to a few days to soak and germinate.
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Stewart waters wheatgrass in a climate-controlled shipping container grow-rooms at his farm in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
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Wheatgrass sits on shelves at various stages of development in one of the grow-rooms at the Union Square Grassman farm. Wheatgrass takes less than a week to progress.
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Stewart pulls trays of wheatgrass for transport to his school bus before traveling to the Union Square Greenmarket.
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Stewart Borowsky transports wheatgrass from one of the grow-rooms at his farm in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
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Stewart checks the supply of wheatgrass and micro-greens before he heads to the market.
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Stewart departs to the Union Square Greenmarket to set up by 8 am. 
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Stewart pulls wheatgrass and micro-greens from the school bus during setup at the Union Square Greenmarket. Aside from a few part time employees to help at market and the farm, Stewart has run Union Square Grassman on his own since its inception.
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Stewart cuts and bags fresh sunflower micro-greens for sale at the Union Square Greenmarket.
Stewart juices wheatgrass for sale at the Union Square Greenmarket.
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Stewart waits for visitors to buy wheatgrass and micro-greens. Stewart has been vending at the Union Square Greenmarket since 1994.

 

 

Max Posner is from Richmond, Virginia and is a student in the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program at the International Center of Photography.

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