“I love the chance of entering a world unfamiliar to me, and that was the case with the world of manufacturing. How are things made? And even more, who are the people making them?
I did not know what these places would look like or how people would react to being photographed while on the job, or how I would feel about it, so I did not go in with a plan, but rather let the work unfold on its own and show me the way.
I found myself drawn to individual faces, to finding the personal even in the most impersonal of settings. At their desk, whether it be sewing bicycle bags, brewing beer, boxing up a hard drive, or thinking up the next big thing, each worker is a fundamental thread in the intricate web that links us all together in this economy, and while we are all replaceable in our jobs, we are not in our peculiarities and individuality. That’s what I found myself paying attention to.”
Headen & Quarmby (Kinky Knickers)
HMG Paints Ltd
Wigs up North
Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Argentina Sanguinetti is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Hasselblad Foundation grant. Her photographs are included in public and private collections such as MOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum Of Fine Arts Houston and Museum of Fine Arts Boston.