Two New York City freelance photographers have a noble project to help America’s oldest settlement house. The settlement house called University settlement will benefit directly and wholly from the project by the two photographers that seeks to raise money from sales of calendars. That is where it gets interesting; the models posing in the calendar photos are New York City taxi drivers. The taxi drivers have been lauded for their impressive job of transporting both new Yorkers and visitors to the city. The drivers are a resilient workforce that operates both night and day, all days of the week. Now they are getting to be featured in a calendar. They believe that the feature will help in giving a face to the workforce that is underappreciated.
Philip Kirkman and Shannon McLaughlin are the brains behind the beefcake calendars. Philip works for live432.com while Shannon is with fauna photography. They described the New York taxi drivers as a very dedicated workforce of the city and said they wanted to give them some recognition. The calendar has photos of the taxi drivers in various poses, some hilarious and others outright sleazy. Others think the photos are provocative and sexually charged. Despite the description used for the calendars, what is really important is the volume of sales for the calendars that are selling at around $14 per piece.
Proceeds from the sales of the calendars will go directly in their entirety to University settlement. Not even a penny will be deducted from the sales before being handed to the charity. The settlement and services charity is based in New York City’s lower east side. It has helped thousands of people numbering over 30,000 to get basic services such as housing, literacy programs and education. The main beneficiaries are immigrants, working individuals and families.