Pirkle Jones, 1914-2009
March 24, 2009 1:00 PM   Subscribe

Photographer Pirkle Jones, best known for his images of California's migrant workers and changing landscape (including a collaboration with Dorothea Lange) and his iconic Black Panther pictures, has died at 95.
posted by scody (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
posted by spock at 1:04 PM on March 24, 2009

posted by YoBananaBoy at 1:12 PM on March 24, 2009

Here's somemore on the man. I like this link for his impression of a happy turtle. Another person I should have known before. Thanks, scody.

posted by filthy light thief at 1:17 PM on March 24, 2009

Aw man.

I picked up a book of his work a few years ago because a lot of the shots are of land around here.

Just for background, his photos of the Berryessa Valley and the village of Monticello (which can be seen in scody's first link), document gorgeous, productive farmland communities shortly before the valley was flooded to become Lake Berryessa. The picture of the well-dressed couple walking through the field to the cemetery is especially poignant when you realize that the cemetery simply isn't there anymore.
posted by mudpuppie at 1:35 PM on March 24, 2009

It's there, but it's not easily accessible. This reminds me of some folks I met who were trying to track down a piece of land that their parents had owned, which was now under a man-made lake. I'm not sure if they found it, and what they planned on doing once they found it.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:50 PM on March 24, 2009

Oh, I love Pirkle's work. His admiration for California was palpable.
posted by serazin at 1:54 PM on March 24, 2009

It's there, but it's not easily accessible.

It's in a different place, though. They disinterred the dead and moved them to higher ground. That kind of thing always gets me -- when you get kicked out of your "final" resting place because the living need to use it.
posted by mudpuppie at 2:01 PM on March 24, 2009

Others may point to the decrepitude of the body as the greatest curse of age, but I feel it is enduring the unending loss of all of your loves and living heroes.

posted by batmonkey at 4:58 PM on March 24, 2009 [1 favorite]

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