Recognition is a series of large-scale photographic portraits taken on the night of November 14 in 2012, on the occasion of a gala celebration held at Washington D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts. This gala acknowledged the hard work done by domestic workers towards securing the rights, dignity and labor protection of domestic workers in their region.
53 of the 185 domestic workers who had traveled from 35 cities across the country to attend this event we photographed. Cooks, housekeepers, nannies, and elderly care workers all dressed in formal attire, and photographed with visual poise to denote their achievement and dignity. Statuesque in their defining moment of being immortalized, they pose not in defense of their identity, but with the pride of a newly publicized sense of self.
By Michele Asselin