Graduation Date

Fall 12-17-2021

Grading Professor

James Estrin

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Retail work culture has been forever altered by COVID 19. The pandemic shook what was life in New York City. Two years later the nation continues to grapple with the impact of the virus.

Next to frontline workers, retail workers who man the cashiers and maintain the sales floors at big chain stores that sell socks, shirts, shoes and other everyday items are just as vulnerable to the physical and social impact of the pandemic and in some ways provide services just as essential to health care workers.

This photo essay shares the lives of three Brooklyn natives: Cheyann Harris, David Resto and Joshua Talavera who’ve experienced the hardships of working in retail throughout the pandemic.



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