Squeegee is a photography and film collaboration between Brad Ziegler and filmmaker Khalid Ali.
In January of 2017, we came together to begin exploring the car window washing work that the young men on the downtown Baltimore corner of Washington Boulevard and MLK were doing, and from there let the scope of the project expand organically. As two high school teachers, we are moved by the ways in which young people respond to adverse circumstances, choosing often to rise up by their own means rather than work within a given system. This project exists as our contribution to the increasingly public debate about squeegee workers.
All proceeds from the project went to Baltimore Youth Arts, an arts and entrepreneurship program that works with youth ages 14-22, with a focus on those in the juvenile justice system.
The project culminated in a photography book and film release that was scheduled to be held in April 2020 at Full Circle Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. The event was cancelled due to COVID-19. The book's first edition of 100 has sold out, and the film has continued to be screened virtually at various festivals across the country.