Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Mohamed

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Nancy Chuang/Invisible Hands that Feed New York: Mohamed

150.00

Gelatin silver print, 13.5 x 9.5 matted 16x20.

MOHAMED

Young and single, Mohamed frequently worked 12-hour overnight shifts for his last boss, who runs a collection of six halal carts in Times Square. Mohamed would prefer to have his own cart, but the city’s permit cap has encouraged a black market in which permits are rented for up to $25,000 for two years. He’s complained of exhaustion, and has been brought to tears over bitterly cold winter nights with few customers. During the lucrative summer months, he dutifully sends money home to his parents and fiancée, but in the winter, he’s lucky to earn enough for rent and food. After slogging through the winter of 2016, Mohamed lost his job of three years after a spring visit to Egypt, and had to scramble to find a new boss. On the upside, he lives with his brothers and previously never saw them, but his new daytime-vending schedule gives him plenty of family time and a happier outlook.

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