In 2001, Argentina suffered a massive economic collapse. In a struggle for survival, many workers tried to run their shuttered factories themselves, and against all odds, their efforts thrived.
In becoming successful owners, these workers demonstrated a new model for economic development: a model that grows from the bottom up, allows all workers to participate and learn, and which fosters a meaning and motivation for work typically lost in the industrial age.
In 2005, we formed The Working World, and we began experimenting with a new form of microcredit that would help finance these businesses and!allow these aspiring worker-owners to grow.
The photos in this book show the story of these workers through the intimate eye of our collaboration. The intention is to allow a human connection through images of their labors, their work places, and!their homes.
We hope you enjoy, and that you may learn a bit more about these ordinary, extraordinary people who have changed the way we see the world.
Photographs Paula Surraco
Formally trained in both the visual arts and clothing design, theater costume, specialized on ethical design.
As responsible of photography projects about cooperative stories at The Working World Organization had develop a Photo Project , edited a book and made an exhibition who shows the intimacy of workers life’ s and their environment.
Since 2001 works in photography developing essays focusing in social changes, culture particularities, looking for the hidden side with an intimate approach.
Currently working on essay "Friction".
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