14 Monday 14th December 2015
Look beyond the surface of L.A.'s grand mansions - smartly kept lawns, sparkling pools, immaculate cleanliness - and you'll find an army of poorly paid, oft exploited immigrant labourers working as maids, gardeners and builders, drawn to the U.S. by the promise of the American Dream. As harried as they are ignored, the labourers are vital in maintaining a vivid image.
Artist Ramiro Gomez has decided to depict the lives of such workers, himself raised by a caretaker mother and supermarket lorry driver father. As part of the Atlantic's American Dreams series, this documentary reflects on Gomez's inspiration, his process and how his work fits into a larger context.
Portraits of the Unseen Domestic Laborers Behind L.A.'s Mansions from The Atlantic on Vimeo.
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