Jon Lewis: Photographs of the California Grape Strike

Jon Lewis: Photographs of the California Grape Strike

By: Richard Steven Street (author)Hardback

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Before the film, Cesar Chavez, Chavez's life was depicted in photographs by his confidant, Jon Lewis. In the winter of 1966, twenty-eight-year-old ex-marine Jon Lewis visited Delano, California, the center of the California grape strike. He thought he might stay awhile, then resume studying photography at San Francisco State University. He stayed for two years, becoming the United Farm Workers Union's semiofficial photographer and a close confidant of farmworker leader Cesar Chavez. Surviving on a picket's wage of five dollars a week, Lewis photographed twenty-four hours a day and created an insider's view of the historic and sometimes violent confrontations, mass marches, fasts, picket lines, and boycotts that forced the table-grape industry to sign the first contracts with a farm workers union. Though some of his images were published contemporaneously, most remained unseen. Historian and photographer Richard Steven Street rescues Lewis from obscurity, allowing us for the first time to see a pivotal moment in civil rights history through the lens of a passionate photographer. A masterpiece of social documentary, this work is at once the biography of a photographer, an expose of poverty and injustice, and a celebration of the human spirit.

About Author

Richard Steven Street is the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in the Department of American Studies, Princeton University. His photo essays explore the U.S.-Mexico border, homelessness, rural life, and the modern farmworker movement. His award-winning books include Beasts of the Fields, Photographing Farmworkers in California, and Everyone Had Cameras.


Contents Introduction 1. Epicenter 2. Memory 3. Predecessors 4. Obscurity 5. Marine 6. Ganz 7. Cornucopia 8. Steinbeck 9. Power 10. Fanatics 11. Flies 12. Dispossessed 13. Braceros 14. Pancho 15. Mordida 16. Unions 17. AWOC 18. AFL-CIO 19. Chavez 20. Organizing 21. Huelga! 22. Delano 23. Growers 24. Poverty 25. Welcome 26. Slaves 27. Friendships 28. Photographers 29. Witness 30. Advocates 31. Boycott 32. Zoo 33. Darkroom 34. Routine 35. Lessons 36. Doubts 37. Exhaustion 38. Kennedy 39. March 40. Participating 41. La Causa 42. Blisters 43. Sacrifice 44. St. Mary's 45. Sacramento 46. Alone 47. Participant 48. DiGiorgio 49. Sweetheart 50. Harvest 51. Altar 52. Fraud 53. Prints 54. Violence 55 Chavarria 56. Rallies 57. Voting 58. August 59. People's 60. Departure 61. Hock 62. Giumarra 63. School 64. Fast 65. Stranded 66. Book 67. Voice 68. Film 69. Contract 70. Broke 71. Redemption 72. Ubiquitous 73. Impact 74. Decide 75. Parting Acknowledgements Notes

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780803230484
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 464
  • ID: 9780803230484
  • ISBN10: 0803230486

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