Book talk: David Bacon presents "In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte"
David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, political activist, and union organizer. In his new book of photographs, In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte (University of California Press, 2017) he documents the experiences of migrant farmworkers in California. Bacon traveled with workers during the harvest season as they made their way from the Mexican border to Washington state. His photos from the journey are accompanied by the workers’ narratives, and the result is a portrait of contemporary migrant life that emphasizes their contributions to California’s agricultural industry while documenting not only the extreme hardships that they endure but also the family and community structures that sustain them and the activism that empowers them. This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Latin American Institute, the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, the UCLA Labor Center, the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and the CSRC.