by Anna and Jordan Rathkopf
For over a year, photographers Anna and Jordan Rathkopf have been photographing care workers in their Brooklyn community. They have captured the diversity and commitment of these local heroes, many of whom are volunteering their time outside of their normal work lives.
LinkNYC is sharing these photographs on selected digital billboards throughout the City as an inspiration for New Yorkers emerging from a harrowing year.
The LinkNYC exhibition is produced by Deborah Schwartz, the East Coast Producer for care:work. Deborah is a recognized leader in the field of museum education, and President of Brooklyn Historical Society from 2006 to 2020. She is now a consultant, assisting cultural institutions with community partnerships, governance, and program planning.
care:work was developed in conversation with the National Domestic Workers Alliance who has inspired the team with their effective activism and message of love and care.
care:work has grown to include people working with a multitude of organizations, large and small, who have made community building the central tenet of their work.
You can learn more about the organizations represented in this campaign here.
Anna and Jordan Rathkopf create visual narratives focused on issues of identity, health, and what it means to be part of a community. During the height of Covid-19 in NYC in April 2020, The Rathkopfs combed the hardest-hit neighborhoods of Brooklyn to document the diverse network of people devoting their time, energy, and hearts to the thousands of people who were in desperate need of their help.
Over the past year, they have photographed and recorded the voices of over one- hundred and fifty volunteers working with 18 different organizations in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn.