From Darfur to Brooklyn

May 13, 2010

I suppose it seems as though I'm on a terrible New York times kick this week, but I loved this photo series from Dave Sanders, a freelance photographer working with the New York Times.

This project, in particular, expresses the culture of more than 300 immigrants from the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan who have begun their lives in in Kensington, Brooklyn.

Read about it here.
See the rest of the photos here.

Gouma Mahamat holding religious sephaa beads in his Kensington apartment, in 2009. The faint lines on his temple, received at age 2, identify him as a member of the Zaghawa tribe. Mr. Mahamat, a father of five, arrived in the United States in 1987. He considers himself the founder of the Brooklyn enclave of immigrants from Darfur, which now numbers over 300.

Abdallah Abaker, 37, who came to the United States from Darfur in 2001, working on a painting of Nelson Mandela. Mr. Abaker paints when he is not driving a taxi, which he, too, does 13 hours a day, seven days a week.

Farrah Kharif, 35, looking out from the second floor of his Marlborough Street apartment after three years of living among his fellow Sudanese immigrants in Brooklyn.
Mr. Haroune's palms were painted with henna, a tradition for men on the days of their wedding and circumcision.

Photos via Dave Sanders, NY Times.