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Picture Show: Following the DREAM Act

The photographer Mark Abramson chronicles the struggles of undocumented immigrants who have "come out" to fight for the DREAM act.

On Thursday, December 9, 2010, one day after the DREAM Act passed in the House, the Senate voted to table the discussion until the following week. It's another setback for the effort to create a path to citizenship for undocumented young people who complete either two years of military service or attain a college degree.

Since the summer of 2010, the photographer Mark Abramson has been following the ongoing story of the DREAM Act, collecting images of young people who have "come out" about their immigrant status. "I originally was sent on a quick assignment by the Washington Post to cover some of the rallies in front of the White House," says Abramson. "I wanted to learn more about these undocumented youth that were coming out and speaking about their status openly. I followed them everywhere for weeks. They were gracious enough to let me in to their residencies and document their lives and follow them around the city.

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Picture Show: Working the Graveyard Shift in Washington, D.C.

After most of us have tucked in our children and crawled into our beds, a small but significant slice of the population ventures into the night to work the graveyard shift. In cities the world over, between dusk and dawn, these night workers ensure that the machinery of society can function smoothly and cleanly. And most of the time, they do so invisibly.



After most of us have tucked in our children and crawled into our beds, a small but significant slice of the population ventures into the night to work the graveyard shift. In cities the world over, between dusk and dawn, these night workers ensure that the machinery of society can function smoothly and cleanly. And most of the time, they do so invisibly.

Mark Abramson's series "After Dinner" offers beautiful visions of the people who work while most of us sleep. For Abramson, who by day works as a photojournalist in Washington, D.C., the project of photographing night workers began as an attempt to take pictures in a more solitary setting.

"I was getting tired constantly having other cameras trying to take the same picture as me, so I decided to go out at night, taking pictures of landscapes and simply trying to be alone," he says. "I started to run into folks who were working and I realized that there was this whole culture, this whole shift that works late at night. Night after night they're cleaning, mending, and repairing, and we rarely see their faces."

Mark Abramson's "After Dinner" is an ongoing project. What follows is a selection.

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