January 29 — Mike Terrance works the guide line from the ground to direct the machine deck into place on the tower crane being assembled at Strong Hospital.
February 9 — Manol has to haul a shopping cart full of scrap metal the mile and a half from East Avenue to the scrap yard on Portland to get paid.
February 25 — Rick and Douglas shovel driveways off South Ave for $20.
April 4 — Reverend Tillman delivers an invocation to the crowd outside Aenon Baptist Church on Genesee Street on the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 28 — Zookeeper Mary Ellen has a chat with Lilly the sea lion at the Seneca Park Zoo.
May 8 — Daniel is on leave from the Air Force selling flowers on the corner of Lake and Driving Park. He said it’s an easy $75. He just got this tattoo three days ago.
May 12 — David sets up the game where you throw the ping pong ball into the goldfish bowl at the Lilac Festival.
May 28 — Heavenly sells Gatorade and flowers from her driveway in the North Winton Village.
May 31 — Tyler gets the players ready for the game at Frontier Field.
June 10 — Tom sells parking spaces for $20 a spot during Jazz Fest. He said that people don’t even blink at the $20. I said I’ve got to get a shot of you by the sign. He said I don’t know if I want a picture. I said then just put your hands over your face.
June 16 — EJ, John and Jake jackhammer West Broad Street downtown.
June 30 — Martin explains the improvements that the Army Corp. of Engineers made to the Charlotte pier.
July 6 — Brian hits a line drive down the third baseline . Oddly, my beer produced directly across the river from the stadium costs a dollar more than one produced 800 miles away from my seat here at Frontier Field.
July 14 — Captain Greg pilots the F/A-18 Hornet for a living. He says work is busy, but he gets a flame retardant suit and a week and a half paid vacation a year.
July 25 — James watches his Clinton Avenue shop from a chair by the door. He says that business has been slow today.
August 15 — Andy tracks a racoon through a backyard in the South Wedge.
September 5 — Danny runs the largest public employee union in New York State. Polls show 30% percent of New Yorkers believe that he and his members are the cause of state budget problems. Also, 51% of Americans believe Iraq had WMDs in 2003 and 13% have seen or know someone that has seen a Sasquatch.
September 13 — Alfonso is always smiling at the kids, chanting with the parents and staring down the cars. He says this is the best jobs he ever had. So far, he is the happiest person at work I have photographed this year.
September 15 — Todd has to play inside Lux because it was too cold in Star Alley.
September 22 — Faruk took a leap of faith, quit his job and opened his own custom jewelery shop in Village Gate several years ago. He says it’s tough running the shop solo, but this year business has been better than most.
September 29 — Adam leads a memorial vigil for Latasha Shaw who was beaten and stabbed to death on this day four years ago at the corner of Dewey and Driving Park by a mob of woman and teenage girls as a large crowd of neighbors stood by. Adam was the only elected official at the vigil.
October 6 — Samantha works the crowd for cash on Central Ave. I asked Tony who was directing cars in the parking lot why no Rochester drag queen ever took the name Fast Fairy. He said no one wanted to be named after a failed experiment.
October 21 — Mr. Wonderful sells pot for a living.
December 25 — YaYa says he is a bit tired as he keeps the store on Emerson running Christmas morning.
Work in Rochester is a field guide to the economic life of Rochester, New York. Daily, throughout 2011, I interviewed and photographed people at work in Rochester, creating a personal and intimate visual record of the men and woman that collectively create our local economy. Rochestrians will find many familiar faces among the 365 photographs that run the gamut of the local economy from senators to bankers to barkeeps to bums. Outsiders will find a time capsule of a Rust Belt city from a photographer on the ground shooting everyday. These are a few of my favorites, but you can see all 365 photographs as the project unfolded on the
project blog or buy the book at Amazon. Click on the in the bottom right of each photograph to learn about the work that they do. “i”