Photography: “1966 Delano Grape Strike Portraits” by Jon Lewis 1938-2009
1966 Delano Grape Strike Portraits
by Jon Lewis 1938-2009
In the words of Jon Lewis . . .
“As to what we were doing out in those fields sweating under that sun, it hasn’t been better said than by Dorothea Lange: ‘We, in our work, can speak more than about our subjects – we can speak for them. We can more than speak of our subjects – we can speak with them. They, given tongue, will be able to speak with and for us.’ It was a great privilege to have been able to photograph strong men and women standing. I’m proud to have stood with them.”
(San Francisco 2006)
Shortly before his untimely death,
Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library acquired
Jon Lewis’ 1966 Delano Grape Strike portfolio –
the most complete documentation of the first year of the Delano Grape Strike ever made.