Cantaloupe Pickers, Mexicans, at End of Day in California Melon Fields / Mexican Labor Off for the Melon Fields in the Imperial Valley, California

Object Details

Title:

Cantaloupe Pickers, Mexicans, at End of Day in California Melon Fields / Mexican Labor Off for the Melon Fields in the Imperial Valley, California

Artist/Maker:

Dorothea Lange (American, 1895 - 1965)

Culture:

American

Place:

California, Imperial Valley, United States, North America (Place depicted)

Date:

July 1935

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

18.9 × 23.7 cm (7 7/16 × 9 5/16 in.)

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Though farm work is strenuous and exhausting, this photograph suggests that jovial camaraderie could sometimes relieve the strain of being in the fields. Work was hard to come by in the 1930s, and these laborers probably counted themselves lucky to have found a paying job picking cantaloupes in the Imperial Valley's hot, dusty melon fields. Strong shadows and dirt caked onto the flatbed truck's tires makes clear that it was both hot and dry the day Dorothea Lange made this photograph.

Provenance
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John Dixon

Exhibitions
About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange (October 15, 2002 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 15, 2002 to February 9, 2003
Mexico/California 1820s-1930s (October 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018)
  • Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach), October 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Bibliography

Keller, Judith. In Focus: Dorothea Lange. Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002), p.25.