Worker Photography Project

This was an innovative joint project of the UMD Labor Education Center and the Zeiterian Theater of New Bedford.  Spearheaded by UMD Labor Education Center,  labor union participants created this labor art initiative.  We learned about the skills of photography by taking pictures of our lives and reflecting the dignity of work.  Peter Pereira of the New Bedford Standard-Times was the facilitator of the group and we presented multiple showings of our work. 

This project grew out of the America Project series of discussions led by the Zeiterian Theater.  We are grateful to the former director of the Zeiterian, Katherine Knowles, for her inspiration and generous support to create this project.



Ron Rheaume of Carpenters 1305           


Jose Soler of AFT 1895 


Ariane Martin, SEIU 1199 


 Sonny Eddleston, USW 1357



 Kim Wilson, AFT 1895 


Video: A look behind the 'Work in Progress' project

"Work in Progress: Workers See Themselves Through a New Lens," which opens Monday, is the result of a photography workshop devised by the UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Here, the photographers discuss their work.

By Nick Tavares


Photojournalist guides labor project

A hand that hovers above a field of ice, ready to plunge in; a slight smile plays on a fishworker's face amid mounds of fillets; a cat lies frozen, seemingly mummified before an operation. These kinds of photographic moments, part of a new exhibit at the Zeiterion, demonstrate what Henri Cartier-Bresson described as "the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event, as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression."

By Alexis Hauk