Photographer Interviews

Juan Giraldo’s “Blue & Blue” Explores Family, Work and the Immigrant Experience

January 31, 2017

By Dzana Tsomondo

© Juan Giraldo

“Lunch Time, Chicago, IL,” 2013. Inspired by his grandfather’s experience in a silk mill, Juan Giraldo documented a large-scale steel hub in Chicago, where he was drawn to exploring the lives of its employees.

Born in Manizales, Colombia, Juan Giraldo grew up in a working-class community in Paterson, New Jersey. His father was a housepainter, his mother a housekeeper. For his project “Blue & Blue,” Giraldo turned his lens on a similar community in a neighborhood of Chicago, where he now lives. His collection of still lifes and portraits is centered on the employees...

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