"In 'Less Is More' I philosophise about God and the universe.
And about what you can leave out without being left with nothing."




Robert Rutoed participates in "WoRK". The exhibition will be on view from October 2 through November 21, 2010 in the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, USA.

INFO Juried by Andy Adams,
Photo © Jonathan Saunders

'It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.' (William Faulkner)

No matter how hard we try, it seems like there’s always more work to be done. Some hold Adam and Eve responsible — as a consequence of their curiosity in the Garden, we’ve been forever cursed to spend our days toiling in the field instead of taking it easy in Paradise. Poet Walt Whitman championed a leisurely philosophy of “leaning and loafing at ease” and many have followed his lead to fashion lifestyles that avoid the demanding routines of the workaday world. But even those who opt out of the rat race still have chores to attend to when they return home at the end of the day. And since most of us aren’t independently wealthy, we’ve got to work for someone to make ends meet.

Work is an essential part of life. With that assumption in mind, we set out to find photos exploring “the daily drudgery, struggle, joy, and determinism in the life of the human being.” The hope in a call-for-entries exhibition like this is that the community responds with a diversity of images presenting a wide range of photographic perspectives. I’m pleased to report that this show delivers in spades. The resulting selection depicts several aspects of the contemporary work experience and includes images from across the United States, Europe, Central America and Asia. When viewed together, these photos function as a kind of international travelogue, transporting us from the bustling streets of modern Tokyo by way of the Angola prison fields en route to the La Chureca garbage dump in Nicaragua.

Humans are at the heart of economic activity, powering the systems that make the money-go-round. Garbage collectors, window washers, barn painters, fast food waitresses and rickshaw drivers are some of the laborers featured here. Brad Phalin, Kevin Kline and Renee Allie put a human face on these workers with portraits of the farmers who bring our food to table, the handymen that repair our homes and even the artisans who brew our beer. “A woman’s work is never done” goes the adage, and Erin Mahoney, Tuyen Nguyen and Sarah Barr document a range domestic home-making, from traditional washerwomen to the suburban laundry basket. Andreas Oetker-Kast and Jill Ensley consider the men and women in the machinery of the global factory system and Jimmy Allen’s retail portraits take a closer look at the people on the other side of the service counter. And not all of the jobs we do are unpleasant either — Andy Cook’s flower gardeners are a jubilant celebration of sunshine, color and a hard day’s work.

With few exceptions, work is unavoidable. Our jobs frequently contribute to our personal identity and, if we’re lucky, the work we do can make us happy and fulfilled. Outside of the workday time clock, there are often other tasks that need tending — it’s not for nothing that Smartphone TO DO lists have become so popular in recent years. And who among us doesn’t appreciate the satisfaction of a job well done? Despite our differences, work is a shared obligation that unites all humans in the experience of life. I welcome you to immerse yourself in these images and the ideas they represent and then to consider your own work commitments and, if you can, make some time to slow down for just a bit and relax. (Andy Adams, Editor + Publisher,

New Orleans Photo Alliance
Andy Adams Photo
Less Is More

WoRK participants:
Jimmie Allen, Renee Allie, Sarah Barr, Sheri Lynn Behr, Andy Cook, Jill Ensley, Janat Horn, Will Jacks, Kevin Kline, Harry Longstreet, Erin Mahoney, Jill Moore, Tuyen Nguyen, Andreas Oetker-Kast, Tomas Ovalle, Brad Phalin, Ashok Sinha, Geoff Story, Robert Rutoed, Johanna Warwick, Sandra Chen Weinstein
















"Sometimes what's right in front of us is far more interesting and absurd than anything a fimmaker or artist can create. Austrian photographer, Robert Rutoed, looks at those fleeting and small moments where the juxtaposition or confluence of events create a bizarre and sort of wonderful result." (Aline Smithson, Lenscratch)



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