Melting Shot

Posted by Zach Frechette, I am a Robot and Proud, Danny Goldfield, Lindsay Utz, Evan Savitt, and Bristol Baughan

New York City may or may not be the center of the world, but NYChildren, a new photo series, is providing documentary evidence that the Big Apple sits at the world's crossroads. There are 192 countries out there (by one calculation), and the project aims to capture an image of a child from each. The caveat? All the children must now live in New York.NYChildren is the work of photographer Danny Goldfield, who relies primarily on word of mouth and media buzz to find his subjects. He's helped by the fact that the project is so democratic and approachable. "A lot of other socially conscious art projects show atrocity," Goldfield says, "but this is something that touches people in a profound way, and it's positive."With each new picture, the project further exposes the staggering diversity of the city. As the list of remaining countries becomes more obscure, Goldfield knows there is difficulty ahead-"People always ask about Vatican City: 'How are you going to find a child from there?'"-but even if that last elusive child remains undiscovered, he says he'll find satisfaction in having made the effort. "One day, I know I'll finish it. Whether or not it will be complete, I can't say."SEE VIDEO Melting ShotStill Seeking (As of GOOD 001's publication date of 9/06):Africa:AlgeriaAngolaBeninBotswanaBurundiCameroonCentral African RepublicChadComorosCongoDjiboutiEquatorialGuineaEritreaGabonGuinea-BissauLesothoMalawiMauritaniaMauritiusMozambiqueNamibiaRwandaSão Tomé & PríncipeSeychellesSwazilandTanzaniaTunisiaAsia:ArmeniaBahrainBhutanCyprusJordanKuwaitLaosMaldivesNorth KoreaOmanQatarSaudi ArabiaSingaporeUnited Arab EmiratesEurope:AndorraCzech RepublicLatviaLiechtensteinLuxembourgMonacoSan MarinoSloveniaVatican CityNorth America:BahamasSt. Kitts & NevisOceania:KiribatiMicronesiaNauruPalauPapua New GuineaSamoaSolomon IslandsTuvaluVanuatuLEARN MORE nychildren.orgMORE INFO Danny Goldfield's five most difficult countries from which to find children: Djibouti, Liechtenstein, Swaziland, Vanuatu, Vatican City