© 2012 - 2017 Michael Radford

Constructed Image

The farming industry in Italy is one that regularly bypasses laws, morals and human rights. Migrants are often recruited by gangs to work in the fields
to pick fruit and vegetables. An average day can be in the excess of 12 hours, with temperatures often rising above 35 degrees. Paid below minimum wage,
they're forced to live in tents and make-shift shelters. Constructed Image documents a still-life studio shoot of an orange tree in an Italian farm courtyard.
Employing four migrants from Senegal and Ivory Coast to work as photography assistants, the piece plays on the idea of product photography, and what
we don't see behind the scenes.