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In 2010, when my daughter was eighteen months old, I began to photograph nannies and the children they care for in New York City. Referencing paintings of the Madonna and Child, the images depict the intimacy between an unrelated mother and child as a way to explore a larger network of social issues: maternity, employment, immigration, family structure, privilege, and opportunity. The titles are composed of the names of the nanny, the child or children, and the child’s mother. Forty hours of interviews with the nannies and the mothers were conducted to accompany the project.
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