Powerful Photos of NYC Nannies and the Children They Look After

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Nannies are one of those quintessential rich-person expenses — no one who earns less than a gazillion dollars a year would think of paying someone else to raise their children for them, but hey, nannies are nevertheless a common sight in NYC. It will surprise precisely no one to note that there’s a gaping chasm between the lives of nannies and those of the people who employ them; nannies are often immigrants and/or people of color, earn minimum wage, and have no health care. Photographer Ellen Jacob has explored this chasm with a series of photos (which we first spotted at The Culture), and they’re powerful images, cataloging and illustrating the stark differences between NYC nannies and the children they look after.

Photo credit: Ellen Jacob

Photo credit: Ellen Jacob

Photo credit: Ellen Jacob

Photo credit: Ellen Jacob

Photo credit: Ellen Jacob

Photo credit: Ellen Jacob