Photos of the Day: Portraits of Carnival Workers

Photos of the Day: Portraits of Carnival Workers

Photography by:  Jeff Seltzer, Los Angeles

Carnivals is a wonderful photo-essay by photographer Jeff Seltzer, a collection of images of people who work at carnivals.  Seltzer describes the Carnivals project: “The images were captured at three different local carnivals almost as an accident.  I was just taking some family snapshots, when I noticed one of the workers looking-on with a very stoic expression.  Interestingly, I saw many of the same workers at all three venues.  Some see irony in the portraits, a sense of depression among the workers.  I see a bit of this, but mostly just portraits of hard workers trying to make a very tough living.  The carnival might be fun for attendees, but not for the workers.”

The muted colors in these photographs of the carnival workers, taken at dusk or night without flash, provide images that are sympathetic without being garish or patronizing, and reveal a sensitivity rarely shown when documenting this subject.

Carnivals: Friday Night Lights

Slide Show: Portraits of Carnival Workers

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