What does life look like for girls turning 18 in 2018? This was the question asked by The New York Times, which gave young women photographers around the world an assignment: show us 18 in your community.
Marking the transition from childhood to adulthood, 18 means you can finally vote, sign a lease on an apartment, obtain a credit card and buy cigarettes in the United States. In the UK, China and parts of Canada, 18 grants you entrance to a pub, while for most Israelis, it means a mandatory draft into the military. By 18, one in five women across the globe will be married. Millions will enter college or university.
The young photographers were asked to document girls in their communities – taking the photos and conducting interviews themselves, with each photographer paired with a professional mentor to guide them through the process.
Featuring 21 girls from across 12 time zones, and 15 languages, the end result is a celebration of ‘girlhood’ across oceans and cultures, through girls’ eyes – from Mexico to Mississippi, Ramallah to Russia, Bangladesh to the Bronx.
Find out more about the project at: nytimes.com/thisis18.
Julie Lozano, The Bronx.
Leen Awartani, The West Bank.
Georgia Canning, UK.
Atefe Moeini, Iran.