Art/Arte, Immigration/Inmigracion, Indigenous/ Indigena

January 10, 2007

David Bacon’s World of Migration

Photo by David Bacon

[ Purepecha Lemon Picker - Photo by David Bacon. The Purepecha are Native Americans from Western Mexico. In this photo Bacon portrays the hands, gloves and clippers of Erbino Mateo, a worker at a lemon orchard near Ventura, California. ]

Famed author and social critic Mike Davis, wrote in his book, Planet of Slums, that Photojournalist David Bacon is “a nonfiction Steinbeck, the foremost documentarist of the great human drama of the borderlands.” Bacon is concerned with the “issues of our times,” and over the years he’s been busy shooting photos of migrant workers, antiwar protestors, unionists, cultural activists, and many others. Of particular note have been Bacon’s photographs of immigrant farmworkers who labor in California’s agricultural fields, and Xispas has published some of these photos in the past. So it’s exciting to hear that he has a book of these images coming out, Communities Without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration. People in the San Francisco Bay area can meet David Bacon when he presents a slide show on his works during a panel discussion on the issues of migration and work contained in his book. Other panelists will include Professor Emeritus Carlos Muñoz Jr. (UCB Department of Ethnic Studies,) and workers whose stories are presented in the book.

The book presentation and signing by photojournalist David Bacon takes place on Friday, January 19, 2007, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way Berkeley, CA. For more information, call 510-643-7077. If you are unable to attend the event, you can make an online order of the book, Communities Without Borders, or visit Bacon’s extensive website.

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