Jewish photographer’s work debuts at Islamic center near Ground Zero

On a wet afternoon in Lower Manhattan, an elderly man in a rain-drenched tweed coat strolled into the photo gallery at America’s most famous Islamic cultural center, dubbed the “Ground Zero Mosque” by its critics, and perused the portraits of New York children from 169 of the world’s 193 countries.

Danny Goldfield, the unassuming photographer behind the exhibit, stood to introduce himself. “Can you agree with me that humanity is the way to peace?” the man suddenly asked. Goldfield looked taken aback. He murmured quietly, “Sure.”

Goldfield is an unlikely ambassador for the Islamic cultural center. A 44-year-old Brooklyn Jew, he opened his exhibit, “NYChildren,” at the Islamic center on September 21.


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