Loe Luna's "The Gritty Life of a Day Laborer," 2014, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag.

Labor Day is a celebration of the social and economic achievement of American workers. One day a year, on the first of September, many shops, office buildings and restaurants are closed – but not everyone that contributes to the American economy is American. At least, not yet.

Joe Luna’s “Work Permit,” 2014, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag.
Joe Luna’s “Work Permit,” 2014, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag.

A photography exhibition opens on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the San Antonio Central Library that explores the daily lives of day laborers. “Sin Voz,” the voiceless, is a photo essay from photographer Joe Luna, who will be participating in an exhibition and public lectures with fellow Photohive students Kallie Pfeiffer and Rolando Sepulveda.

Joe Luna’s “Concrete Laborer,” 2014, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag.
Joe Luna’s “Concrete Laborer,” 2014, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag.

“Day laborers are among the hardest working people in our society. Many have traveled far from their families in hopes of a better life. They work all types of labor-intensive jobs that barely allow them to make a living,(including) construction, handyman, lawn service and carpentry work,” stated Luna in a press release. “They work long days with little or no food, yet day after day, year after year, their life never changes. Though they cling to the bottom of our economy, many are hopeful that every day brings a new opportunity.”

The opening night event for the three-person exhibition, “Prime,” will be from 6-8 p.m. at the library. The following Friday evening, the Southwest School of Art will host a silent auction and lecture in the Russell Hill Roger lecture hall in the Navarro Campus from 6-7 p.m.

Photohive is a student-centered organization currently seeking nonprofit status that financially supports students to produce, print and ship their artwork through awards and scholarships. This series of exhibits aim to highlight these students’ work development since Photohive?s inaugural exhibition, SWARM, during Contemporary Art Month (March).

*Featured/top image: Joe Luna’s “The Gritty Life of a Day Laborer,” 2014, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag.

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Iris Dimmick

Iris Dimmick

Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick covers public policy pertaining to social issues, ranging from affordable housing and economic disparity to policing reform and workforce development. Contact her at iris@sareport.org