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A photo documentary project of Town of Chapel Hill Employees

Project Description

The Chapel Hill Works (CHW) project seeks to document and celebrate the efforts of the people who maintain the town’s infrastructure and deliver the public services that make Chapel Hill a good place to live. The CHW project is being led by Michael Schwalbe, documentary photographer and professor of sociology at North Carolina State University, in cooperation with the Town of Chapel Hill. Begun in 2015, the project has involved making over 120 photographs of Town employees in their work environments. These are the people whose efforts and skill help to make Chapel Hill a good place to live. A full exhibit of the photographs and text generated by the project is scheduled for fall 2020 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. For further information, contact Sarah Wagner ( or Michael Schwalbe ( or Rae Buckley (

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Photographs by Michael Schwalbe

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