Work in Rochester

Work in Rochester is a field guide to the economic life of Rochester, New York. Daily, throughout 2011, Clarke Condé interviewed and photographed people at work in Rochester creating a unique collection of photographs that focus on the men and woman who work in Rochester.

Rochestrians will find many familiar faces among the 365 photographs that run the gamut of the local economy from senators to bankers to barkeeps to bums. The 365 photographs of the collection stand as a personal and intimate visual record of the people that collectively create our local economy.

The book is available from Amazon here.




January 15, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Chris stands in Monroe Avenue seven hours a day with a sign that advertises five-dollar pizzas. I asked him why he was out there in the snow without a coat. He said it’s because he is hot-n-ready.


January 18, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Ulysses and crew work in the dark and cold just after midnight, removing the skyway between the exposed shell of Midtown Plaza and the Xerox Tower.







January 21, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Alex was exposed multiple times to asbestos while demolishing the former Genesee Hospital with little protective equipment.  His son was exposed every time Alex came home from work and gave him a hug.



February 9, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Manol hauls a shopping cart full of scrap metal from East Avenue to the scrap yard on Portland Avenue to get paid.


February 24, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Chuck follows the conversation while trying on a jacket presented by Veterans Advocate at the War Memorial.


February 25, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Rick and Douglas shovel driveways off South Avenue for $20.


March 28, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Angelo sells reptiles for a living from his shop on the corner of Winton and Main.  I asked if the Jungle Carpet Python he was holding bites and he said, “Oh yeah. Everything bites.”



May 8, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Daniel is on leave from the Air Force. Today, he is selling flowers on the corner of Lake Avenue and Driving Park.  He says it’s an easy $75.  He got this tattoo three days ago.


May 28, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Heavenly and Mary Ann sell Gatorade and flowers from their driveway in North Winton Village.


July 14, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Greg pilots a F/A-18 Hornet for a living.  Standing on the airport tarmac, he says work is busy, but he gets a flame retardant suit and a week-and-a-half paid vacation a year.


September 13, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Alfonso is a crossing guard on South Avenue. He is always smiling at the kids, chatting with parents and staring down the cars. He says this is the best job because of the people.



September 29, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Adam leads a memorial vigil for Latasha Shaw, who was beaten and stabbed to death on this day four years ago at the corner of Dewey and Driving Park, by a mob of women and teenage girls, as a large crowd of neighbors stood by and watched.  Adam was the only elected official at the vigil.



October 29, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Jeremy repairs a furnace in a Dewey Avenue basement.



November 7, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Tom started a record store in the Village Gate in 1982.  He just found out that he lost his lease and needs to be out by the end of the year to make room for a restaurant. He says the building owner didn’t even talk to him before signing the new tenant.



November 19, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Coleen pierces nipples on East Avenue. One for $40 or two for $60.



November 25, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Joe pretty much runs the show over at the Mobile station on Brooks Avenue when his uncle is not around.



November 29, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Rodney has been in the car business for 26 years, spending the last five as sales manager at the only new-car dealer in Rochester.  He says the reason the dealership has thrived on University Avenue is because they have kept their scale small and constantly adapt to the changing needs of their customers.


December 5, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- Kevin is the Republican House Whip. He was on Broadway today to pose for pictures as part of a fundraiser to reelect Tom Reed.  I asked him how many of these he has to do a year.  He said about two or three a week.


December 25, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY- YaYa says he is a bit tired as he keeps the store on Emerson Street running Christmas morning.