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Building the City 

Under the window of our then-Manhattan loft overlooking Broadway, there once thrived an artisan market. Throughout 2016, the Great Jones Allee building replaced the charming site, famed for its supposed private entrance, which, before the Porsche rolled in, was inhabited by colonies of rats. Living thus near the construction, we suffered months of machine noise and dust in the building across the Allee. Photographing day-by-day as the building went up turned the hardship into a poetic endeavor. My main focus was on the workers in the pit, immigrants mostly.

Overall significant was the immigrant worker's presence after Hurricane Sandy. Bordering up stores before the storm and cleaning up the streets from the rubble afterward was taken care of by mostly Latinos, some European immigrants. 

The first images show a vital and willing to give their all construction workers, often overlooked by society. From Los Angeles, around different countries, and back to San Francisco, workers have become the subject of my work over the years, emphasizing the individual in his (her) vast environment.

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