Why migrant workers are dressing up as superheroes

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Spider-Man washing windows? Superman delivering groceries? The Thing working construction? Why are Earth's mightiest mortals suddenly laboring at some of our economy's lowest-paid and least-respected jobs?

It's all artist Dulce Pinzón's fault. He wants us to remember that the greatest heroes aren't superhumans battling cosmic forces, but rather those ordinary men and women who work multiple shifts under grueling conditions to support their families—in this case, Mexican immigrants in New York, often the sole support of their families and communities back home. That's why, since 9/11, he's been dressing up those whom he considers unsung heroes and photographing them in the workplace.

We're only sharing three of the images from Pinzón's project here, but the full exhibition can be seen at the Smith Farm Center through November 29.

And for those who can't make it to Washington, D.C., check out the artist's site for additional photos.