Flags of Convenience is a photo-essay on cruise ships, from the perspective of the crew. It explores the historical develop-ment of labor practices that allow for the modern cruise industry to thrive and expand, and the consequences of these laws on an international workforce.
I worked on this project for four years as a crew member on various cruise ships around the world. It is something between a love letter and a scathing critique; it is partially documentary and partially political. It weaves together exerpts on Oriental-ism, crew amenities, and canal sizes; it draws focus to the immense growth of the physical size and actual amount of cruise ships to be produced in the coming years.