One by one, they've harvested California's crops: Chinese and Japanese, Armenians and Punjabis, Okies and Mexicans and more. And one by one, they've been followed down the rows—by artists and journalists and documentarians, all with cameras at the ready.
"Virtually every California photographer of consequence" has taken to the fields, notes historian Richard Steven Street.
"So alluring are farmworkers as subjects," Street adds, "that they have attracted the attention" of an amazing array of talent: masters of landscape such as Ansel Adams and Carleton Watkins; famed commercial photographer Max Yavno; Dorothea Lange and Horace Bristol; Joe Rosenthal, who snapped the indelible image of U.S. troops raising the Stars and Stripes at Iwo Jima; The Times' Don Bartletti; even Richard Avedon.
I'm convinced that another name will be added to this pantheon someday, if it hasn't been already: Matt Black"
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