Good Work: Worker Co-operatives and Transformative Labor Photography

Photoville Festival 2021 Sessions On-demand recordings are made possible thanks to our partner, PhotoWings 

While worker-owned co-operatives make up only a tiny sliver of U.S. businesses, the chaos and privations of the pandemic and its aftermath helped make them newly popular. People are drawn to a model that returns them power. Six photographers from across the country have recorded a range of these co-ops—from a workers co-op comprised of ride-share drivers in New York City, to one that sews sweatshirts in North Carolina.

Co-operative businesses are returning workers’ power. These photographers have shown both the beauty and the effort of when Americans get to be their own bosses.

Thursday October 7

7:00PM EST

Online Event


Our Online Sessions are proudly supported by our partner PhotoWings.

Presenter Bios

Joe RodriquezJoseph Rodríguez @rollie6x6
Joseph Rodríguez is a documentary photographer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He studied photography at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Rodríguez teaches at New York University and ICP.

Stacy-KranitzStacy Kranitz  @stacykranitz
Kranitz was born in Kentucky and currently lives in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee. Kranitz is a current Guggenheim Fellow. Her first monograph, “As it Was Give(n) to Me,” will be published by Twin Palms.

Alissa QuartAlissa Quart @lisquart
Quart is the author of five acclaimed non-fiction books including the forthcoming “Bootstrapped” (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2022), “Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America”(Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), and “Branded” (Basic Books, 2003), as well as two poetry collections. She is the executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, where she has produced an Emmy-winning film as well as many multimedia and photography projects. Her written journalism has appeared in The New York Times and The Guardian, among many other publications.

Mark-MurrmannMark Murrmann is the photo editor at Mother Jones. As a photographer, he specializes in documentary-style work. His photos have appeared on dozens of record covers, as well as in commercial projects and publications around the world.

Presenting Organizations

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) produces quality journalism about—and often by—Americans who are experiencing economic injustice. We support independent journalists so they can create gripping stories that counter common poor-shaming narratives. We then inject these stories into the mainstream media, mobilizing readers to change systems that perpetuate economic hardship.

Mother Jones is a nonprofit news organization with a bi-monthly magazine that delivers bold and original reporting on the urgent issues of our day, from politics and climate change to education and the food we eat. We investigate stories that are in the public’s interest.