America’s blue-collar workers are the foundation of the American Dream, and with our rapidly changing industrial landscape, I believe it is important to capture this moment in American industry. BLUE – A Portrait of the American Worker is my way to do so. In May, 2012, I began photographing a comprehensive survey of the American worker that will take three years to produce; my images are primarily environmental portraits of these workers in their workplace as well as images that give color and context to the places in which they perform their trade. When BLUE launches in late 2015/early 2016, it will be comprised of a nationally traveling exhibition, an illustrated book, community programming and other unique opportunities for the companies featured in the project.
The intention is for BLUE to enlighten people about the American worker and bring focus to the benefits our workers provide by using an honest photographic aesthetic. Photography is already completed at such diverse companies as Homer Laughlin China, Woolrich Mills, ArcelorMittal Steel, Red Wing Shoes and Fraser Shipyards; the goal is to include workers from all facets of industry across the nation.
Request a BLUE proposal package (using the contact link above at left) with no obligation. You decide if you wish to be a part of BLUE and show your support of the American Worker. Please provide your name and postal mailing address. We’ll send you a package detailing the program and multiple rewards for participation which includes events, prints, a custom designed company specific BLUE album, inclusion in the final book BLUE- A Portrait of the American Worker. We’ll wait to hear from you and promise not to share your information or pester you ever.
BLUE – A Portrait of the American Worker is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of BLUE – A Portrait of the American Worker must be made payable to Fractured Atlas. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.