The women of the cooperative

  • Sabela Domínguez Souto (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


“The women of the cooperative” is a photographic work made up of portraits of thirty-two women who dedicated their lives, or part of THEM, to working in the textile industry. The purpose of this project is to give visibility to a larger group of women, thousands, who for some time had the possibility to support themselves economically, serving as a fundamental pillar for their families with the contribution of a salary that came from long working days in front of a sewing machine with which they created items of clothing for big brands such as Carolina Herrera or Zara. The number of women, thirty-two, was chosen from a larger group, about a hundred, who were pioneers setting up the first textile factory in Verín. Through dialogue with them we learn about the ins and outs of the industry, while allowing photography to function as a tool to make a social reality known. At the same time, we investigate the work of other photographers such as Susan Meiselas or Claudia Varejao, whose photographic objectives are similar to those of this project. Of course, their work is also linked to ours by the mere fact of being women photographing women, a fact that may seem banal but is actually a great show of sorority.
Date of Award30 Mar 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorCarlos Lobo (Supervisor)


  • Textile industry
  • Working women
  • Sorority
  • Admiration
  • Women photographers
  • Social photography


  • Mestrado em Fotografia

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