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Edward Cheng is a native New Yorker, freelance computer programmer and seasoned globetrotting backpacker. Through photography, he works on long term projects documenting Christian Holy Weeks and Easters around the world; Dia de los Muertos in Mexico and Eldridge Street in the Lower Manhattan of New York. Edward is a teaching assistant and a permanent fixture at the International Center of Photography; he regularly assists for darkroom masters Steve Anchell, Brian Young and Chuck Kelton.
a For Their Sins 2010/10xxxx_hw_smwt/04xxxxbb_18 For Their Sins: A Documentary of Christian Holy Week and Easter Around the World
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This project documents, through photography, Christian Holy Week and Easter around the world. Each year, I travel to a different country and do my best to capture definitive imagery. So far I've been to Guatemala, the Philippines, Spain, Haiti, Italy, Greece, Ethiopia, Colombia, Armenia, Israel, Russia and India. The first year, in 2003, I innocently photographed Good Friday processions here in New York not knowing it might be my life's work.

In addition, I was in Oberammergau, Germany for their once per decade Passionsspeile (passion play).

The images are sequenced to compare and contrast traditions of different locations progressing through the liturgical Holy Week. This edit is from two years ago; a newer exist in print on my desk.

I continue to photograph on film and print in a traditional darkroom myself under the tutelage of master printers Chuck Kelton and Brian Young. I assist both of them at the International Center of Photography.

Over the next few years I hope to visit a handful more countries. The goal is to produce a photobook.

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cany Chinese American New Year 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_01New York, USA 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_02New York, USA 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_03New York, USA 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_04New York, USA 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_05New York, USA 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_06New York, USA 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_07New York, USA 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_08New York, USA 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_09New York, USA 2010/10xxxx_lmcc/Cheng_Edward_10New York, USA eldridge Eldridge Street finals/eldridge_final/060318c_02; finals/eldridge_final/060709a_15; finals/eldridge_final/060819b_08; finals/eldridge_final/060825_09; finals/eldridge_final/060827e_02; finals/eldridge_final/060827f_05; finals/eldridge_final/070121a_10; finals/eldridge_final/070128c_15; finals/eldridge_final/070225c_07; finals/eldridge_final/070226_14; finals/eldridge_final/070428_36; finals/eldridge_final/070505_30f; finals/eldridge_final/070512b_09; finals/eldridge_final/070610b_09; finals/eldridge_final/070610d_05; finals/eldridge_final/070610f_29; finals/eldridge_final/070610f_35; finals/eldridge_final/070630a_37; finals/eldridge_final/070630c_18; finals/eldridge_final/070915d_09; finals/eldridge_final/070915g_18; finals/eldridge_final/070915h_25; finals/eldridge_final/071008b_14; finals/eldridge_final/080118c_15; finals/eldridge_final/080207mb_04; finals/eldridge_final/080207mc+_14; finals/eldridge_final/080626_09; finals/eldridge_final/0806aar_00; finals/eldridge_final/080704a_36; finals/eldridge_final/080723_07 armenia11 For Their Sins: 2011 Armenia 2011/1104xy_armenia/110421c_10 2011/1104xy_armenia/1104re_31 2011/1104xy_armenia/110422b_29 2011/1104xx_armenia/110421p_01 2011/1104xx_armenia/110417s_06 2011/1104xy_armenia/110417a_11 2011/1104xy_armenia/110417d_18 2011/1104xx_armenia/110417p_02 2011/1104xy_armenia/110417f_09 2011/1104xy_armenia/110421a_10 2011/1104xx_armenia/110419o_13 2011/1104xy_armenia/1104ra_01 2011/1104xy_armenia/110417d_33 2011/1104xx_armenia/110421o_15 2011/1104xx_armenia/110424m_07 2011/1104xx_armenia/110424m_08 2011/1104xy_armenia/110422c_31 2011/1104xy_armenia/110421b_11 2011/1104xx_armenia/110422m_07 2011/1104xy_armenia/110422e_37 2011/1104xy_armenia/110423b_28 2011/1104xy_armenia/110419a_31 2011/1104xx_armenia/110423p_04 2011/1104xy_armenia/110419d_13 2011/1104xy_armenia/110424b_28 2011/1104xy_armenia/110423c_17 2011/1104xy_armenia/110417e_23 2011/1104xy_armenia/110424e_25 2011/1104xy_armenia/110424g_26 2011/1104xy_armenia/1104ri_35 israel12 For Their Sins: 2012 Jerusalem, Israel 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120316b_26; 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120317b_33; 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120318a_26; 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120321o_05; 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120323b_13; 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120328n_09; 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120328q_15; 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120330p_04; 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120330s_01; 2012/1203xx_israel_pre/120330u_12; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120401q_02; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120401q_10; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120401l_04; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120402b_33; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120403a_36; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120403p_15; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120404m_12; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120404p_15; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120405e_26; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120405i_35; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120405n_13; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120405u_11; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120406n_13; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120407c_31; 2012/1204xx_israel_rc/120407d_07; 2012/1204rr_israel_ricoh/120407ri_03; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120410n_06; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120411a_11; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120411a_28; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120412m_14; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120412p_13; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120412e_29; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120412h_21; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120412h_34; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120413a_20; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120413n_09; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120413y_05; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120413y_15; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120414a_04; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120414b_36; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120414h_02; 2012/1204yy_israel_eo/120414k_22; haiti07 For Their Sins: 2007 Haiti 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070329d_06; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070330e_37; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070331b_02; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070331i_02; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070401e_26; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070403b_23; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070404_26; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070404a_06; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070404c_13; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070404d_06; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070406mg_07; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070406mi_13; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070406ob_22; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070407c_02; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070407c_04; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070407c_15; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070407f_35; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070407g_34; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070408b_06; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070408d_04; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070408g_03; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070408k_08c; 2007/0704xx_haiti_10cityfolk/070409h_02 fallas Las Fallas: 2011 Valencia, Spain 2014/140321_bs1_2nd_annual/110319n_14; 2014/140321_bs1_2nd_annual/110317e_11; 2014/140321_bs1_2nd_annual/110317g_08; 2014/140321_bs1_2nd_annual/110318f_03; 2014/140321_bs1_2nd_annual/110319y_10; 2014/140321_bs1_2nd_annual/bs-gallery-2nd-annual-group-show fallasb Las Fallas: 2011 Valencia, Spain 3 2011/1103xx_valencia/110312a_02 this is an unfinished edit # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110317h_02; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110317rb_27; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318e_14; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318n_02; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318n_14; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318ra_02; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110319c_11; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110312d_07; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110316d_10; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110312r_01; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110316r_21; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110315f_14; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110316b_03; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110316b_04; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110316c_06; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110316r_04; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110316r_26; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110317e_11; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318a_13; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110317g_08; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110317rc_17; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318rb_11; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318c_08; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318e_06; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318e_13; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318f_03; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318m_05; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318m_12; # 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318q_06; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318rc_18; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318rd_08; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110318re_21x; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110319b_04; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110319n_13; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110319x_15; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110319y_10; 2011/1103xx_valencia/110319z_07 feria Feria de Abril: 2006 Sevilla, Spain 2006/0604xx_feria/060425c_03; 2006/0604xx_feria/060429o_12; 2006/0604xx_feria/060429b_01; 2006/0604xx_feria/060430e_15; 2006/0604xx_feria/060429l_13; 2006/0604xx_feria/SAVE0078; 2006/0604xx_feria/060429g_10; 2006/0604xx_feria/060425f_01; 2006/0604xx_feria/060429m_01 muertos Dia de los Muertos 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/031101_b05; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081031c_07; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101031g_12; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/031101_h16; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/071102e_08; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101029d_02; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081031c_35; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101031g_09; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/071102d_09; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/071102a_08; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081031g_24; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101101f_14; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081101e_08; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081102f_23; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/071102mc_03; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081102i_23; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/031102_h35; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/071102d_33; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101102s_08; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/071102d_05; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/071031c_24; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101031o_03
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the official Mexican holiday falling on November 1st and 2nd. Mexicans believe the passed return to their graves those evenings. During the holiday, families erect altars to hold overnight vigils and commerate their loved ones.

It is as much for the living as the dead. The air smells of marigolds and candles that decorate the tombs. The music echos of guitars and mariachi with songs both greiving and merriment. There is a party atmosphere around the cemetery full of traditional foods and high-octaned alcohol.

The adults banter; the children play. Tradition is passed from generation to generation.

The images were captured in Mexico over four trips — 2003 in and around Patzcuaro, Michoacan and 2007, 2008 and 2010 in and around Oaxaca, Oaxaca.

The twenty-two (22) prints are printed on Ilford Semi-matte Warmtone 8 x 10" paper. All have been archivally washed and are currently untoned, unspotted, unsigned and uneditioned. They are tipped onto 130# off-white card stock within a black Century Archival clam shell 8 x 10 x 1" box.

The B-Sides

Me agarra la bruja y me lleva a su casa
Me vuelve maceta y una calabaza,
Me agarra la bruja y me lleva al cerrito
Me vuelve maceta y un calabacito,
Que diga y que diga y que dígame usted
Cuantas criaturitas se ha chupado ayer,
Ninguna, ninguna, ninguna lo se
Yo ando en pretensiones de chuparme a usted.

2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/071102me_05; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081101d_32; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081102f_17; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081102k_11; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/081102l_32; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101029d_15; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101031a_13; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101031n_08; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101031p_01; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101101b_14; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101101g_11; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101102b_04; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101102i_15; 2012/12xxxx_ddm_smwt/101102r_10; fin.
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