New York's New Abolitionists
The New York's New Abolitionists project was commissioned by the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition in the fall of 2013 to honor an array of New Yorkers who have furthered the fight against human trafficking and to help raise awareness of the trafficking of humans in New York and the world at large. The fifty subjects photographed by Savarese for the project included a wide range of individuals, from survivors of trafficking to such luminaries as Gloria Steinem, Agnes Gund, Mayor David Dinkins, former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and United States Attorney Preet Bharara. These Abolitionist portraits were displayed at the International Center of Photography, and some at the State Capitol in Albany as well. Savarese also helped produce a book for the project, featuring both the portraits and insights on trafficking. For more information please visit: www.nynewabolitionists.com.
Sanctuary for Families' Flower Garden
Like many NGOs, Sanctuary for Families--the largest provider of services to victims of domestic violence in New York State--operates on a very tight budget that precludes expenditures like decor for its office. Concerned, however, that it's dreary reception room--decorated with a mishmash of cast-offs -- failed to provide a welcoming environment for its traumatized clients, the organization asked Savarese if she could help transform the space. With great pleasure, Savarese produced thirty framed prints of bits and pieces of flowers in a mix of vibrant color to adorn the walls of the reception room and office space.
The Transformation of David Monn's Soho Loft
David Monn, the legendary events planner in New York City, commissioned Savarese to photograph all of the major stages involved in the gut renovation of his magnificent downtown loft. For more than a year, Savarese returned repeatedly to the site to capture the dramatic transformation. Monn intends to produce a book about the project using Savarese's images.