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
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Cantaloupe Pickers, Mexicans, at End of Day in California Melon Fields / Mexican Labor Off for the Melon Fields in the Imperial Valley, California
Dorothea Lange (American, 1895 - 1965)
Gelatin silver print
18.9 x 23.7 cm (7 7/16 x 9 5/16 in.)
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.