joana toro

Photographer and educator—Working in issues of immigration identity and social justice
  
Where is Mickey? Covid-19
Location: New York
Nationality: Colombian
Biography: Joana Toro Colombian is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia.  Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity and was featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, World Press... MORE
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Where is Mickey? Covid-19
Copyright joana toro 2022
Updated Jan 2022
Topics Documentary, Editorial, Human Rights, Immigration, Latin America, Photography
 
Where is Mickey? documents the impact of the  pandemic on a population in the center of New York City: the costumed performers who pose for photographs with tourists. 

"Covid-19 has devastated the economy of Times Square. Broadway was shut down, empty hotels, restaurants and offices are shuttered. Those trying to cater to tourists often outnumber the actual tourists. In a way, it is Times Square in its most stripped-down form: The lights and billboards are still there, and so are the workers who keep everything running. What’s missing is everyone else". By Emily Stewart Vox

This report is supported by an Eyewitness Photojournalism grant by the Pulitzer Center and Diversify Photo.
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