Liana is singing a Spanish song which she has learned during her music courses in Spain


3 Aug 2019 OUTDOORS
Victory laughs with her mum as they prepare lunch
Victory laughs with her mum as they prepare lunch | Photo credit : Amarachi Chukwuma for The New York Times

Featuring: Ebunoluwa Osaro Akinbo, Eremaya Albrecht, Leen Awartani, Georgia Canning, Amarachi Chukwuma, Anna Dermicheva, Shraddha Gupta, Tahia Farhin Haque, Arleigh Haskal, Constanze Josting, Da Hyeon Kim, Julie Lozano, Yasmine Malone, Jesse Mireles, Atefe Moeini, Sarah Sunday Moses, Noga Sieradzki, TiKa Wallace, Luxi Yang

Presented by

The New York Times

Curated by

Anya Strzemien, Jessica Bennett, Sandra Stevenson and Sharon Attia

Exhibition Design by

Debbie Ullman






This exhibition was featured at the Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA in April 2019

Eighteen is an age. It is also a rite of passage.

In the United States, 18 means the right to vote. In Israel, it might mean mandatory draft into the military. Eighteen in Australia means permission to drink at a pub. Around the world, one in five women will be married by age 18. Millions will enter university.

#ThisIs18 aims to capture what life is like for 18-year-old girls across oceans and cultures. This is a celebration of girlhood around the world—through girls’ eyes.

Thumbnail photo credit: Atefe Moeini for The New York Times

Make sure to also check out related Talk This Is What Girlhood Looks Like.


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