Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes

Workspaces

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    Photographer Joseph O. Holmes has an ongoing obsession with the intersection of a person's personal and professional lives: their workspace. For more than five years, he has documented the spaces exactly as he has found them, neither arranged nor styled for the camera. Through "a complex dance of explanation, skepticism, persuasion, and fascination that goes back and forth," he convinces his subjects to allow him to photograph their workspace. "What I end up capturing," he says, "turns out to be the work that was interrupted to answer the door." — Brent Murray

    Andy Cohen's Desk, Bravo TV, Rockefeller Center, New York City

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes
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    Chickie's Shoe Shine, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes
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    Brooklyn Heights Cinema Projection Booth, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes
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    CBGB Register, The Bowery, New York City

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes
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    Phototech Camera Repair (Workbench), NoHo, New York City

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes
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    Ganmar Electronics (Bench No. 2), Park Slope, Brooklyn

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes
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    Industrial Antiques (Workbench), Lower East Side, New York City

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes
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    Tekserve Macintosh Repair (Workbench), Chelsea, New York City

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes
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    Universal Spring Company, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes
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    Jo's Kitchen Desk, Park Slope, Brooklyn

    Photograph by Joseph O. Holmes