Kieran, Subway Sandwich Artist

  • Photographer
    Shauna Frischkorn
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Company/Studio
    Cecil Community College
  • Date of Photograph
  • Technical Info
    Digital C-Print

Underpaid food industry workers serve our food, day-in and day-out while wearing conspicuous corporate uniforms, with all the conformity and anonymity associated with their low-status "McJobs." Unattractive and ill fitting, these clothes serve their purpose: to make these workers look low-key and "uniform." This subject is just a kid—a stranger that I meet while he was on the job. I invited him to my studio to be photographed in his uniform. I purposefully create an ironic yet historical dialogue between my subject and Renaissance portraiture. Historically, the portrait's role was to immortalize the wealthy and important—to celebrate the individual. Conversely, my subject has a difficult time earning a living wage. Transplanted from his work environment, he looks vulnerable yet dignified as he peers from behind his visor and into my lens. Although he is dressed like thousands of other workers, if you look close, you can see his nobility.

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