NYC Green Carts are mobile fruit and vegetable stands initiated by the Mayor’s Fund for New York City, the New York City Department of Health, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. These independently operated carts bring fresh fruit and vegetables to underserved New York City neighborhoods across all five boroughs. In the fight against obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related health problems, the Green Carts offer New Yorkers more options for buying nutritious food, while simultaneously creating about a thousand new business and job opportunities. Aperture and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund have commissioned five emerging photographers: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Thomas Holton, Gabriele Stabile, Will Steacy, and Shen Wei to chronicle this remarkable program.
Through this partnership, Aperture reaffirms its founding commitment to explore social issues through the medium of photography and to provide a platform for emerging artists. Aperture will publish eight full-page public service announcements in Aperture magazine, and curate an exhibition to be installed at a local exhibition venue in September 2011 as the culmination of the two-year initiative. The exhibition will showcase the pieces featured in Aperture magazine, along with additional images and commentaries by the photographers and project partners. Look for the first announcement in the winter 2009 issue of Aperture, which hits newsstands late November.