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New York City is one of the world’s most diverse cities, where over 800 languages are spoken, and whose schools teach students hailing from over 190 countries.
And yet, when most people think of New York City, it begins and ends mostly with well-worn centers of tourism and media: Rockefeller Center; the Statue of Liberty; Broadway; Times Square; Wall Street... The truth is far more complex, and largely unknown to most residents and visitors.
The city is huge: over 300 square miles, over 5 non-contiguous boroughs, comprising countless enclaves whose residents rarely leave the place where their language and customs are shared. These are effectively cities within the city, and they are fascinating. With names like Little Liberia and Little Manila, these are but two among hundreds.
The photo essay’s title, The Color of New York, is an inherent paradox. There is no single color here. It is one of the globe’s most colorful places. Moreover, I chose to document life in black and white, since it felt both barer and more timeless, so I could focus on faces, textures, expressions and mood without color's distraction.