The people who keep the world functioning — its garbage collectors, utility workers, public transit operators — often go unnoticed, existing as a kind of invisible backbone to our lives. But three residents of Richmond, Va., want to change that, by focusing on the city’s bus drivers. Their project, Driving Richmond: Stories and Portraits of the GRTC Bus Drivers, was on view at the RVA Street Art Festival last month.
Laura Browder first came up with the idea when a former student (and the festival’s curator), Vaughn Garland, told her about the exhibition space: a long, cavernous brick building that housed Richmond’s public transit company for over 100 years. At the time, Browder was conducting oral history interviews for a project about civil rights in Richmond.
"It was clear to me from those interviews how pivotal buses, and busing, were in this Southern city that underwent profound changes during the civil rights era," she says.
Portraits Of The People Who Drive Richmond, Va.
Photo Credit: Michael Lease