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Light and Lens, 2nd Edition by Robert Hirsch

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A2.0 “The subject of People at Work is the double nature of labor at all levels of the social hierarchy—a round of tasks, often with no satisfying meaning, and a field for the exercise of aptitudes. By compositing digital photographs that compact the varied tasks of individual workers into a single frame, I seek to communicate simultaneously the frenzied tedium of a wide variety of occupations and the intensity of effort that people put into them. The color images come about through a practice of taking photographs with a 4 × 5-inch camera of individuals whom I direct to perform the tasks associated with their jobs, at their workplaces. I scan ...

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