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.
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.
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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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.
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.”
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.
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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