First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

I photographed the first day of class at Success Academy’s High School of the Liberal Arts in Manhattan. My assignment was to capture candid photos of the excitement for students and faculty.

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

First Day of School at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts Manhattan

Alan Barnett, NYC school photography

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First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

I photographed the first day of class at Success Academy’s Upper West K-4 school. My assignment was to capture candid photos of the excitement for students, parents, and faculty, starting with the ritual of each student shaking the principal’s hand as they enter the school.

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

First Day of School at Success Academy Upper West

Alan Barnett, NYC school photography

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First Day of School at Success Academy Washington Heights

I photographed the first day of class at Success Academy’s Washington Heights K-4 school. My assignment was to capture candid photos of the excitement for students, parents, and faculty, starting with the ritual of each student shaking the principal’s hand as they enter the school.

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

First day of school at Success Academy Washington Heights

Alan Barnett, NYC school photography

BRAKING AIDS Ride 2017 Featuring Candy Samples

The rest stops on BRAKING AIDS Ride are staffed by hard-working volunteers. More than just offering snacks and hydration along the 285-mile route from Boston to New York, they offer support and laughs to the riders. The stops are decorated with fun themes, and the volunteers dress up, sometimes elaborately. Two stops each day featured drag queen Candy Samples offering refreshment. She changed outfits to match the theme of each rest stop.

Drag queen Candy Samples on Braking AIDS Ride

Drag queen Candy Samples on Braking AIDS Ride

Drag queen Candy Samples on Braking AIDS Ride

Drag queen Candy Samples on Braking AIDS Ride

Drag queen Candy Samples on Braking AIDS Ride

Drag queen Candy Samples on Braking AIDS Ride

Drag queen Candy Samples on Braking AIDS Ride

Drag queen Candy Samples on Braking AIDS Ride

Drag queen Candy Samples on Braking AIDS Ride

Alan Barnett, NYC event photography

Braking AIDS Ride

On the Road with BRAKING AIDS Ride 2017 — Closing Ceremony

To celebrate the enormous success of BRAKING AIDS Ride, riders and crew triumphantly rode into the closing ceremony in front of Cylar House, a Housing Works facility on East 9th Street and Avenue D. After a few moving speeches, a check was presented to Housing Works for the net proceeds of more than $269,000. This will go a long way toward sustaining Housing Works’ mission of offering lifesaving services for low-income men and women living with HIV/AIDS. One highlight the ceremony was a performance by Fogo Azul, an all women Brazilian drum line.

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Alan Barnett, NYC event photography

Braking AIDS Ride

On the Road with BRAKING AIDS Ride 2017 — Day 3

On the final day of BRAKING AIDS Ride, the riders were exhausted but still full of energy with the end in sight. Once again, the weather was perfect for riding. As we approached New York City, the scenery became less attractive for photographing the riders on the road, so I hurried to the finish line to catch the spirit of the riders’ victory.

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Alan Barnett, NYC Event Photography

Braking AIDS Ride

On the Road with BRAKING AIDS Ride 2017 — Day 2

Day 2 on BRAKING AIDS Ride was greeted with spectacular weather. You’ll notice riders and crew wearing red dresses in these photos, because it’s “Red Dress Day.” The tradition started on AIDS LifeCycle, the seven-day AIDS ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It was someone’s idea that everyone should “dress red” for a day so that on a portion of the route that looped back on itself there would appear to be a giant red AIDS ribbon if viewed from above. Somehow “dress red” got reversed to “red dress” and has remained that way ever since. BRAKING AIDS Ride picked up the tradition in 2010.

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Braking AIDS Ride

Alan Barnett, NYC event photography