Private Project

Masked NYC

Since recovering from COVID-19 in April of 2020, AJ Stetson has created portraits of more than one thousand New Yorkers wearing masks, to share their radiance, resilience, and empathy during this challenging time.

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    3 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 11, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - AJ Stetson

Recently called a ninja for his nimble, quiet stealth mode on set, AJ Stetson is a unit stills, portrait photographer and filmmaker based in NYC.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy, AJ is also a drone pilot and scuba diver, capturing still and moving images aerially and underwater.

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Director Statement

Since recovering from COVID-19 in April, 2020, I’ve photographed more than a thousand New Yorkers wearing masks, using a telephoto prime lens to remain socially distanced, and always asking permission. What began as a way to cope with having been in solitary quarantine in a small room for nearly a month, grew into a nonprofit project and multiple outdoor, COVID-safe exhibitions throughout NYC and online (

My goal is to share some of the radiance, diversity, and resilience of my fellow New Yorkers during these challenging times. I hope that we will continue to strive for justice, health, and empathy toward one another moving forward.