September 20, 2010

Advance Notice

Visiting scholar puts lens on farm workers

Credit: Jon Lewis

Credit: Leonard Nadel

“Subversive Images: Photography, Photographers, and the Other Civil Rights Movement” kicks off the James Weldon Johnson Institute Colloquium Series on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at noon in Callaway Center N301.

Richard Steven Street, an academically-trained historian and founder of Streetshots photography, will present a multi-disciplinary, illustrated discussion of three projects he is completing while in residence at Emory as a visiting scholar of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies.  

One focuses on Leonard Nadel and his massive but unknown photo essay on braceros in 1956. Another explores the photographic work of Jon Lewis, who produced an epic insider's view of Cesar Chavez and the Delano grape strike. The third previews Street's 25-year color photo essay and investigation of a giant farm labor exploitation camp in California's Central Valley.  

Street is the author of a multi-volume history of California farm workers. In 2009 he received the Howard Chapnick Award for Photojournalism, and his photo coverage of California farm workers has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

The colloquium series is co-sponsored by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. The monthly seminars serve as framework for the public presentation of the visiting scholars’ research.    

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