"together these two perceptive portraits, shot with the child’s-eye view of a twin lens reflex camera, emphasize dignity and stature and express the emerging empowerment of chicago’s black community. it was power fought for and won by people such as these: risking personal loss for a greater good. the meat-packing industry, with its conveyor belts and specialized labour, was the protete of fordist development in america where the labour force became subsumed by automation and the pursuit of profit. the two men pictured were struggling against both racism and the dangerous and dehumanizing factory work that faced them."
a strike captain during a protest by packing house workers, chicago, march 1948
photo by wayne miller/ magnum photos