“Workers Are Taking Photographs, ” 2008, archival pigment print, Ed 3/10, 18×23″

Farideh Sakhaeifar

In the photo series Workers are Taking Photographs I asked a group of blue-collar workers to stand in front of my camera and take a self-portrait. At the beginning, I requested them to pose in front of my camera in a photo studio. They were asked to use the cable release and press the shutter when ready.

Eventually, their work environment replaced the studio while feminine hands holding a white background. Even though I was a stranger to their space, they were positioned in a situation to accept being part of my project, in some cases with hesitation and despite their will. I used my advantage as a female photographer from a different social class, to force the workers to stand in front of my camera’s lens and take a photo of themselves.

Farideh Sakhaeifar (Brooklyn, NY) was born 1985 in Tehran, Iran. She is a candidate for the Artist Residency Program at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and an MFA candidate for Art and Planning at the school of Architecture at Cornell University. She received her BFA in Studio Art in Tehran, Iran at the Azad Art and Architecture University and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.