I'm honored to share this portrait series I shot at the historic Women's March for the NYTimes en Espanol. We stood millions strong around the globe - in numbers so vast they are still counting - and peacefully made our voices heard about intersectional feminist issues core to the future of this country and the world. You can check out my collaboration with talented Colombian journalist Paula Duran HERE.
I told each subject, "We've had enough people telling women to smile - I'm not here to do that. I want you to share your truth, whatever it may be. If you're filled with rage, or sadness, or fear, you can show me those things and know that I will rise to meet you." They did. My subjects were generous and raw, and more than once we cried together as I clicked the shutter and we marveled at the power of human empathy. These photos show the trust we built together before we melted back into the crowd.
The march gave me memories I'll never forget. Interviewing Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis. Gut howling at a crowd of thousands from a perch on an overpass and a great roar rising in response. Crying with every photographer in the pit as Trayvon Martin's mother yelled his name over and over again into the mic. Being humbled as a privileged white woman that I'm joining a movement women of color have been fighting for for decades, sad that I waited so long, and energized to make up for it.
It's not enough to "do what you can in your own life" - because in our own lives we don't always have the opportunity to interface with people vastly different from ourselves. Change that and be active, engaged accomplices - and not just allies - for people of color, Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTQI community, and anyone else who moves through the world with fewer privileges than we enjoy.
Big thank you to Paula Duran, Eliezer Budasoff, and Lizzy Cantu for making this work possible.