WORKERS: THE PIT
Under the window of the loft overlooking Broadway, there once thrived an artisan market. As NOHO transformed, away from an artist neighborhood to its new Wall Street hub, many poetic localities went. Throughout 2016, the market was replaced by the Great Jones Allee building, famed for its supposed private entrance, which, before the Porsche rolled in, was inhabited by colonies of rats. In the building across the Allee, we suffered months of machine noise and construction dust. Yet, photographing day-by-day as the building went up, made the hardship a poetic endeavor.
My other focus was on the workers in the pit, immigrants mostly. Vital and willing to give their all, construction workers, overlooked by society, have been a subject in my work for years, from Marina del Rey around different countries and back to San Francisco. Here is THE PIT.