Talking to Workers


Generally speaking it is hard to photograph people who are working. This is particularly true of people in low-paying jobs where they tend to be less empowered.

No photos please

No photos please

Most construction workers I’ve approached to photograph have said no. There have been a couple of exceptions but so far only one was willing to chat.

Kumar a driver and long term worker in Singapore was happy to chat

Kumar a driver and long term worker in Singapore was easygoing and confident

Most of these guys work under the scrutiny of a nearby boss who himself is worried about any images that may reach the higher ups.

These guys took some convincing to be photographed but then had to rush back to work

These guys took some convincing to be photographed but then had to rush back to work

It would be great to get more stories from these men and I will keep trying. But in case they seem under-represented, this is the challenge.

Workers watch a movie on Belilios Lane.

Workers watch a movie on Belilios Lane.

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