Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Morris Park Community Patrol

My photos of the Morris Park Community Patrol ran in The New York Times December 28.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Muslim Girl Praying in Synagogue

My photos of Muslim Indonesian exchange student Dinar Puspita praying at a Bronx synagogue ran in The New York Times December 7. I was allowed to photograph all aspects of her ritual except the act of praying.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

JB's photos of McFadden's Bar on

My photos of McFadden's Bar ran in The New York Times on Monday, December 15th.

Monday, December 15, 2008

JB NY Times Neediest Case Crystal Perez

My photos of NY Times Neediest Case Fund recipient Crystal Ramirez ran in the newspaper on Friday, December 12 and as part of a multimedia piece.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Street Recycler

I saw this guy collecting recycling outside apartment buildings on 238th Street while walking back to the subway after a New York Times assignment on Wednesday, December 3rd.

He was deaf and dumb, so I asked him if I could take his picture by typing a text message into my cell phone and showing him the screen. He let me know it was okay by pulling a Daily News out of his recycling and giving me a big smile.

Another nearby recycler speculated that this guy's take was worth more than $100, though he was at a loss for how the guy was going to transport his huge load.

Recycling is a full-time job and recyclers typically know the superintendents at the buildings where they collect cans and bottles. In this way, there are well-established informal territories for collection. A recycler typically makes between $200-$300 a week. This was an atypically good day as people consume more and create more recycling during the holidays.

Thursday, December 4, 2008