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Orcs of New York

The great task of the photo series Humans of New York has been to humanize strangers. The project asks ordinary people to tell their stories. By doing so, they cease to be 2-dimensional figures that pass through your life. These strangers become real and, as the title suggests, fully human.

That's nice, but it's also necessarily racist. More than humans live in New York City. There's a thriving orc community. And it consists of more than just recent arrivals from Mordor. Orcs have been in New York City for generations. And they struggle--sometimes with the systematic oppression of human-dominated society, as well as just ordinary problems of life, like personal relationships.

Harry Aspinwall, a truly great documentarian, shares their stories in Orcs of New York. Read and try to understand the orcs who are your neighbors.

-via Tor


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