Alice Proujansky, a New York-based photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, New York, and others, began collaborating with Alissa Quart last year when the two discovered their common interest in documenting inequality. “My photographs tend to be emotional and symbolic, and her writing provides a strong point of view and context,” says Proujansky. She photographed the 24-hour daycare center in black and white to capture the story’s emotional core: “There are so many bright, happy colors in a daycare that they distracted from the subtleties I saw,” she says. “The daycare providers offered a warm, supportive place for children with a lot of chaos in their lives. But the children with an absent parent, or one who had to work long hours, were struggling.”
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