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Francesca Cao March 8, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Gospel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, Brooklyn NY. 2008

Francesca Cao (b.1981, England) completed her university degree in philosophy in 2005. She worked as an assistant with the photo reporter Mauro Galligani for two years until 2006, when she left her hometown Milan, to attend the photojournalism course at the International Center of photography in New York, where she lived for two years. In 2008 Francesca won the Tierney fellowship for her project about the oil business in Kazakhstan, which was exhibited in the ‘09 New York Photo Festival,  the same year she was selected in the “Discoveries” section of Photo Espana. Her clients include The New York Times, Zoom magazine, The Guardian Weekend, D magazine and Il Corriere della Sera. Her work has been exhibited in Milan, Madrid, Valencia and New York. Francesca is based in Milan.

About the Photograph:

“This picture is from the story “In God We Trust” and was shot in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn NY. In God we trust, is the sentence printed on all the one-dollar bills as a reminder of the importance that religion has in the development of this culture.  Especially in the black American community, where, for a very long time, prayer was the only moment to ask God for something better, keeping alive the belief of a future with no slavery. When I lived in this neighborhood I had been attracted by the enormous number of churches. I couldn’t avoid going into these charismatic places to investigate what catalyzes the attention of the congregation. What from the outside just looks like a room is in fact a special place where you can escape the problems of everyday life finding hope and faith. Religion is a very strong adhesive that keeps this community together. It’s provides a space for a better life.”

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