New York City is one of the most diverse, multicultural cities in the world and Danny Goldfield is on a mission to photograph a child from every country in the world living here. So far he has photographed 169 children with 24 countries left to go - from countries where you've probably vacationed to countries you know little about (Eritrea, anyone?). And he's collected his work to date in a beautiful book.
The seed for NYChildren was planted in 2004 when Goldfield met a man whose brother was killed in a hate crime shortly after 9/11. This man decided to get to know his neighbors better as an act of self-protection if nothing else. Goldfield was struck by this; the notion that meeting your neighbors could engender understanding and maybe even love. Looking through the book you can't help but recognize your own child in the faces looking back at you - familiar ways of playing, familiar expressions, familiar innocence.
If you're in New York, you can catch an exhibit of NYChildren through January 21st at Park51 Community Center. You can also purchase the book through Goldfield's website (and currently enjoy a holiday discount of $30 or 2/$50).
(Images: Danny Goldfield)