Open submission – Waste Collectors by Corina Pickering





Recently graduated Corina compares the role of waste workers in different cultural settings in the Uk and China through a series of Portraits exploring issues of gender in the visible workforce. Corina explains:

“In China it appears that waste collectors are in abundance, largely due to the need to create jobs for its vast population. Despite their widespread presence they, like the waste collectors in the UK, are a typically invisible group of citizens within their respective society. However, if these workers in this trade vanished, the general public would almost certainly become very aware of them. In contrast to the British waste collectors earnings, the Chinese workers wages are a small fraction of what the British workers are paid. Gender is an issue that is raised when comparing the two countries; in China there are just as many female waste collectors as male. This is strongly contrasted with the UK where female workers in this industry are greatly outnumbered. There are many questions raised by the project and thy leave me wanting to further explore this matter.”

Corina Pickering is a portrait photographer based in the North West. Her work explores gender and society.

To see more of her work and further images from this project, visit

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