Bronze 2021 / People / Culture

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  • Photographer
    Suzanne Stein
  • Agency / Studio
    Suzanne Stein Photo
  • Prizes
    Bronze in People/Culture

Before the beginning of Passover in the Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it is customary to burn all leavened items before sunset to purify the home. Children gather with their fathers to toss leavened items onto bonfires burning in the street. Photographers visit this extremely private neighborhood because of its social intricacies and beauty. The children, who are unaware of much of the world outside this tight knit community, are sometimes suddenly confronted by the knowledge that they are perceived as different as they grow up in this largely misunderstood community.

Street/Social Documentary photographer currently in New York City. Photography of people in public places with a strong emphasis on social realism and narrative imagery that seeks to create both broad portraiture of place and time and specifically tailored images of people. Photo essays and series of daily life as well as random moments that attempt to capture life as it appears truthfully, realistically, and honestly. Images of places and people, democratically presented, without leaving anyone out.