Brooklyn Day Laborers

04_Jesus_$40

Jesus. Paid $40

01_Jorge_$45

Jorge. Paid $45

02_Luis_$40

Luis. Paid $40

03_Alberto_$40

Alberto. Paid $40

05_Eduardo_$40

Eduardo. Paid $40

06_Rafael_$50

Rafael. Paid $50

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03_Alberto_$40 thumbnail
05_Eduardo_$40 thumbnail
06_Rafael_$50 thumbnail

In Brooklyn, New York, and other cities and towns throughout the USA, Mexican and Latino workers begin each day at U-Haul truck depots and in the parking lots of big-box hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes hoping to secure a couple of hours of construction or moving work.

These men have travelled thousands of miles and endure daily discomfort and personal sacrifice in their search for a better life. Many have left families behind and send money home to their children. Some have started new families in their adopted city. These workers have no official status, papers, job security or health insurance. Each day begins anew. They arise and wait with faith that work will appear.

In this series, I attempt to document these workers, to make their presence felt, to bring status to a group of individuals who are often scorned and yet play crucial roles in the cities we live in. Each worker was paid their asking rate to sit for a portrait.

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