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Photography: Recycling The Old As New

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 28, 2016 in Photography |

The labor market is improving. How long have Americans waited to hear this piece of good news?

Well, to be honest, not all that long since there have been regular reports that employment opportunities are growing and that the job market has seen a substantial turn for the better. At least in some areas. Perhaps the job market is not quite so good for photographers these days, since their products can be used time and again with only, sometimes, a small fee being paid. The image on this Tweet, taken by Michael Mulvey, is one prime example.

USA Workforce 2013 / 2016

Screenshot Source: USA Today / Twitter
Photo Source: Michael Mulvey

The employment market is improving, but that is not what this photograph shows. In fact, it has been used several times by USA Today and can also be found on several other news sites. It depicts a factory in Fort Worth where MOTO X smart phones are being assembled, and was used – the earliest that I can find – to illustrate an article on Google at 15. For those of you up with the way things work, Google celebrated 15 years way back on Friday, September 27, 2013.

And another thing the article, back in 2013, states: most of the workers are American. Whether that is the case now or not remains unanswered, whether the improving jobs scene in the USA covers all in the job market, regardless of where they originate, is also not mentioned. But, at the very least, there’s one photographer who knows that a quick shot of the factory floor has stood the test of time, even if he doesn’t get a check for it.

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