this is so exciting! Cant wait for the next batch!
“Everyone who sees my resume asks me why I drive a cab. Back in Niger, I was a French teacher. But the government stopped paying us for a few months, so I decided to quit my job and move to America. That was 12 years ago.
I thought I could teach French here, but I had no idea how hard it would be to get a job without papers. The only place I could find work was a carwash. Back in Niger, kids would wash my car for me. Now all day long I was washing cars for other people. I was very depressed. But I was too embarrassed to go back home. Then one year after I arrived, George Bush got elected and everyone was telling me that it meant very bad things for me. They said the Republicans would make trouble for me. So I was very scared.
After the car wash, I became a stock boy. Then, a delivery driver. Five years ago, I got my papers and became a citizen, so now I’m able to work at the airport. At nights, and on my days off, I drive a cab. Just this year I graduated from Brooklyn College with a Masters degree in French. I finished third in my class. Now I think I can become a professor.”
Frida Kahlo wearing a robe, holding a gun
Bambi Northwood-Blyth by Tim Barber for Muse Magazine Summer 2011
“This guy won the “Creep Of The Night” award, hands down. That isn’t some pose we got him to pull, he was just sitting like that all night clutching his bag like a worried tourist on a night bus. He remained glued to his dusty red seat, watching from behind his Kabuki mask like a character from an experimental opera. I began to ask myself why he might be wearing the mask, but could think of no possible reason other than that he might be a professional footballer whose teammates won’t accept his interests, or a community support officer, or just a charisma-free admin drone desperately trying to weird people out in a shit mask.”