I am very proud to share the news that The New York Historical Society has just acquired an original photograph from Sean’s Dayworker Collection. Last winter Sean accompanied a group of South American construction workers on their daily toiling underneath the city. Over a period of weeks Sean became so familiar in their workplace that he was part of the migrant world, sharing stories in broken Spanish and capturing lives in images that would be resent to southern homes. There was no self-conscious posing or preparation, and the outcome is a work of art.
The New York Historical Society was the first museum in New York, founded in 1804 to explore and record the rich history of the city and the nation. That’s 210 years of collecting manuscripts, photographs, artifacts and papers, from Ulysses S Grant’s terms of surrender for Robert E Lee at the end of the Civil War to Bill Cunningham’s iconic record of fashion on New York streets. Thousands and thousands of pieces which today share the space with jazz concerts, political debate, paintings and installations. And one Santos. What an honour!