18! Magnificent Photo Journalism from the NYT

Published on 26 May 2024 at 18:00

“This is 18” aims to capture what life is like for girls turning 18 in 2018 across oceans and cultures — in Mexico and Mississippi, Ramallah and Russia, Bangladesh and the Bronx.

By 18, one in five women across the globe will be married. Millions will enter college or university.

What does life look like for girls turning 18 in 2018? We gave young women photographers around the world an assignment: Show us 18 in your community. This is 18 — through girls’ eyes.

Eighteen is an age. But it’s also something more. It’s a moment, a rite of passage, a gateway to adulthood.

In the United States, 18 means you can finally vote, sign a lease on an apartment, obtain a credit card and buy a Juul.

In China and parts of Canada, 18 grants you entrance to a pub, while for most Israelis, it means a mandatory draft into the military.

This is the power of photography to capture the world.

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