Photographer Is Giving Back to NYC by Selling Limited-Edition Prints for COVID-19 Relief

View from Rooftop in New York

For photographer Navid Baraty, New York City holds special meaning. It was in this place that he decided to leave behind his engineering career and pursue photography full time. Although this has since led him on assignments around the world, New York has continued to be a creative inspiration. And now, in a time when New York City needs help, he's giving back.

Baraty is selling a series of four limited-edition photo prints with a percentage of the profits going to the NYC COVID-19 Relief Fund. This fund, run by the mayor's office, works to support healthcare workers and essential staff, local small businesses, displaced hourly workers, and vulnerable members of New York City's population. Baraty estimates that 40% to 50% of the proceeds, depending on packaging and shipping costs, will go to the fund.

With New York City giving him so much, creatively and personally, it only seemed natural for Baraty to give back. “New York means so many things to me—too many to list here really,” he tells My Modern Met. “When I think of NYC, I think of a city that is so dynamic and vibrant that it both inspires and challenges you to the extreme as an artist. I think of its incredible diversity of ethnicities and cultures that isn't found anywhere else on Earth. I also think of the entirely selfless way that the people of New York come together and support each other in times of difficulty.”

While Baraty is facing his own difficulties during the pandemic as a freelancer—he hasn't had a scheduled shoot since mid-March and the future is unclear—he still wanted to use his talents to do his part. His photography is a reminder of how dynamic and resilient New York City is and that if we come together as a community, we can overcome anything.

Baraty's limited edition prints in support of the NYC COVID-19 Relief Fund are available for purchase on his website.

Photographer Navid Baraty is selling limited edition prints in support of the NYC COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Flat Lay View from Rooftop in New York

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Navid Baraty.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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