LOOK3 Pick: Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos. Rochester, NY. 2012. Hickey-Freeman factory, founded in 1899. Pabitra, trim waistband, from Bhutan, working 1 yr. Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos. Rochester, NY. 2012. Hickey-Freeman factory, founded in 1899. Pabitra, trim waistband, from Bhutan, working 1 yr.

The stories of factory workers are always relevant, but they’ve been prominent in the public consciousness recently with April’s horrific factory collapse in India, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in history. There’s a very different story on display in “160 Actions to Make a Jacket,” Susan Meiselas’ in-depth portrait of garment factory workers in Rochester, NY — employees of Hickey Freeman, one of the few companies that brings workers to the US rather than outsourcing labor. Meiselas’ work closely documents not only a common form of labor that is so often overlooked, but also traces the personal histories of the factories’ individual employees. She’ll be interviewed about her work at the Paramount Theater on the morning of June 14th, and her photographs will hang at The Garage until the end of the month.

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