Author(s): Ryan Debolski

photography monographs | Paris Photo – Aperture 2020 PhotoBook of the Year shortlist

Ryan Debolski made this work during a year in Oman as part of his Fulbright Fellowship in 2014. LIKE explores the physical and digital relationships of the migrant workers who build the infrastructure of Oman, a rapidly modernizing country rich in oil and natural gas. These men, predominantly from East Africa and the Indian subcontinent, communicate using widely available, low-cost smartphones that help them cope with the social isolation they face while living in camps for years. As quickly as new friends are made, others disappear without a trace, never to be heard from again: workers are deported for various reasons, or shuffled around to different camps throughout the region. The book includes an essay by Jason Koxvold entitled Raw Material: Capital and Exploitation at the Neoliberal Frontier, which lays out the work in the context of the history of representation of labour in art.

Aperture/Paris Photo 2020 Jurors’ Special Mention for First PhotoBook


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General Fields

  • : 9781733887724
  • : Gnomic Book
  • : Gnomic Book
  • : April 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ryan Debolski
  • : Paperback
  • : 136