November 15, 2018

"Working Class New York" Exhibit of Original Photography by Dakota Santiago at the American Labor Museum

Haledon, NJ - The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark proudly opens the original photography exhibit Working Class New York by Dakota Santiago on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 1PM.

Working Class New York is an exhibit of black-and-white contemporary images.  Discussing the exhibit, photographer Dakota Santiago notes, "Along the banks of Newtown Creek, which makes up the border between Queens and Brooklyn, lays a world of factories and warehouses that still supply the majority of New York City with its daily perishable goods and construction equipment."  Working Class New York, he continues, aims to "put a face on the men and women who ply these trades day in and day out.

As a photographer, Dakota Santiago, focuses his work on social issues of the New York metro area.  He notes, "Coming from my place of employment, the printing plant of the New York Daily News, of which my father was an employee for over fifty years, I've always been facinated by the imagery that came off the presses."  In Working Class New York, Mr. Santiago uses the power of the camera lens to document the blue collar landscape in union strong New York City.

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

On Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 3PM the general public is cordially invited to an exhibit reception with photographer Dakota Santiago who will discuss his work.  Light refreshements will be served.

Working Class New York original photography exhibit by Dakota Santiago is on view at the Museum thorugh April 20th, 2019.

The American Labor Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, New Jersey.  It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.  The Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Museum Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events.  The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9AM-5PM.  Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4PM or by appointment.  For further information, please visit the Museum's website or contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or email