2014 | Men at work

I photographed tools used by laborers who worked for a project called “Padideh Shandiz Dream City”, an enormous entertainment center in Mashhad, Iran. The construction started in 2004 and a huge budget was spent on the magnificent buildings. Citizens were promised a dreamland where they could shop, dine and have fun. The laborers worked for such long hours for a long time, but then the project was faced with a budget deficit. These idealistic dreamlike images on the banners represented the exact opposite of what the laborers experienced every day, working hard in the sun, watching them.