The Other Half, Considered Anew

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The Other Half, Considered Anew

Sunday, February 24, 2013
The New York Times

THE WALLS LOOKED as if they were eating themselves, or decomposing like old film. Mildew invaded bathrooms, mold blossomed along ceilings, and children were masked with nebulizers to fend off asthma’s ills. The photographer Ana Brigida had seen similar decay in the old homes of Lisbon, where she is based. But she did not expect to find them in New York City. “I was more surprised,” said Ms. Brigida, who is 26. “You have these glamorous ideas of New York.”  Ms. Brigida arrived in New York early in 2012 for a video-editing internship at Magnum in Motion, the multimedia arm of the photo agency, but grew curious about the people living in the South Bronx, where she was staying. A priest introduced her to Manhattan Together, a community organizing group that, along with another group, South Bronx Churches, was chronicling poor conditions at buildings owned by the New York City Housing Authority.