In 2012, Susan Hartman and Todd Heisler — who was twice awarded a Pulitzer Prize in photography — collaborated on a photo essay for The New York Times about a group of Ghanaian live-in aides, far from their homes in the Bronx, who are connected by a prayer call.

This story sprang from something personal:  Hartman had watched her mother’s Ghanaian aide on a prayer call, singing as she threaded beads into a necklace.


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In 2013, Solace on the Line, a multi-media show based on their photo essay, opened at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.  It included Heisler’s images from an Assembly of God Sunday service — showing what these live-in aides miss when they’re away:  joyful communion.


All photographs © Todd Heisler/The New York Times