Photography Exhibits

Photo from "Field Work," photographs by Robert Gumpert
Exhibit at U.C. Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations 1/16/2003-7/15/2003, photo 5 of 13

Asparagus pickers in an Imperial Valley field, 2001

Workers in these fields cross the US-Mexico border at Calexico to meet up with labor contractors who take them to fields throughout the Imperial Valley and as far away as Yuma, Arizona. Even though workers leave home as early as 2 am and often don't return until 10 pm the contractor only pays them for the time in the field.

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