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Ernest Lowe: Master Portfolio

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Portrait
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Migrant Mother
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Bracero Protest
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Apricot Picker
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Anglo farm worker
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Portrait
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Cotton picker
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Portrait
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Grape picker
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Teen Grape Picker
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Woman Hoeing Beans
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Child Topping Onions
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Teen Portrait
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Picking Cotton
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Picking Cotton
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Sunbonnet and onion sacks
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Planting a Vineyard
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Hoeing Beans
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An Agribusiness Field
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Cotton Pickers
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Dumping the Pick
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Black Cotton Picker
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Anglo cotton pickers
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Bracero crew
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Stockton Day-Haul
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No Job
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Cotton picker
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Father and children
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Migrant camp
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No Work in the Winter
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Children Playing on Tractor
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Farm Workers' Children
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Joe's Mercury
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Child at Three Rocks
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Resting
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Three Rocks Interior
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Resting
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Migrant Child
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A Jug of Wine
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True Love
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A migrant's pantry
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Shrine
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Fruit stand
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Don't Cry for Me Baby
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Call for Cowboy
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Raggedy Trailer
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Blacksmith's Barn
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Children, Migrant Camp
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Winter sun
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Eagles Hall NFWA Meeting
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Storefront Meeting
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Moreno Speaks
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Cesar Chavez: US Senate hearings on migrant labor conditions.
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Ernest Lowe: Master Portfolio

Lowe began documenting the lives and labor of migrant farm workers in 1960, several years before labor unrest transformed the California Central Valley. As a result, he had access to the fields, front offices, and migrant camps of agribusinesses that later barred all photographers. His pictures end as the labor movement began to gather momentum. Although many of us associate farm labor with Spanish speaking migrants, Lowe's pictures reveal a much broader population: Anglos, Blacks, Filipinos, Japanese, Native Americans, Braceros from Mexico, as well as Chicano workers. His pictures respectfully celebrate the humanity and dignity of his subjects as well as the privation of their lives. Most are carefully composed, quiet moments.

This portfolio is loosely organized sequence of portraits, field work, labor recruitment, living conditions, migrant children, and early organizing efforts.
 


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