This Is What Girlhood Looks Like

What does it mean to be an 18-year-old girl across oceans and cultures?

We asked young women photographers to show us. The result was “This Is 18,” a portrait of girlhood across six continents and twelve time zones.

Now that project is a book — a stunning celebration of girls’ lives, through girls’ eyes.

You can pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, Powell’s and Indigo or pick one up at your local bookstore come November 12.

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See a selection of photos from the project exhibited at Photoville, an annual photo festival in Brooklyn, where #ThisIs18 will be showcased alongside dozens of shipping containers repurposed into galleries. (Admission is free.)

Join us in Dumbo, Brooklyn for a conversation with Times editors Jessica Bennett and Anya Strzemien, photographer Julie Lozano and Maryclare Chinedo, one of the young women portrayed in the series, moderated by Glamour editor in chief Samantha Barry. RSVP here.

Are you a middle school or high school educator in New York City? Join Sandra Stevenson, photo editor, for a lesson planning workshop on how to incorporate visual storytelling into your curriculum. Sign up here.


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Jessica Bennett is The Times’ gender editor and author the best-selling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace. She recently interviewed one of her idols at age 18, Liz Phair.

Sandra Stevenson is an assistant editor in the photography department of the Times, where she has worked for 13 years. She is a mom to an 18-year-old son.

Anya Strzemien is a deputy editor of the Times’s Style section. Her first job in media was a zine she created at age 15 called Love.

Sharon Attia is a researcher and social media editor for the Times. When she was 18 — not that long ago! — she had to physically flip her camera around to take a selfie.

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