In Washington's Fields: Photographs by David Bacon

On view February 1-May 10, 2020

David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, activist, and organizer. Much of his work focuses on farmworkers. While the people in his photographs are integral to the process of putting food on tables throughout the country, their importance is not often acknowledged. These photographs show the reality of people working in fields in central and western Washington, and in narrative text panels their voices tell the story of their struggle for justice.

Related events: 

University of Washington, Tacoma Seminar with David Bacon
Tuesday, February 11, 12:30-1:20 PM
UW Room BB 104
Free and open to the public

Discussion Panel:  The Fight in the Fields:  Migrant Workers Fight for their Rights in Washington State
Tuesday, February 11, 5:30-7:00 PM
Washington State History Museum
Free and open to the public
Panelists include:
  • David Bacon, photographer
  • Rosalinda Guillen, director of Community2Community
  • Ramon Torres, president of Familias Unidas por la Justicia
  • Vanessa deVeritch Woodside UWT Associate Professor
  • Moderator:  Dr. Michael Honey, UWT Haley Professor of Humanities and Labor Solidarity Project Chair.

"Immigrant's and worker's rights can hardly be separated in today's climate of racism and repression at the border and in the notorious detention centers of ICE in Tacoma and elsewhere. This exhibit and discussion are designed to shine a light on the continuing struggle of farm workers for a degree of dignity and justice." - Michael Honey

Gallery Tour with photographer David Bacon
Tuesday, February 11, 7:00-8:00 PM
Washington State History Museum
Free and open to the public
See also We Are Here / Aqui Estamos, opening May 23, 2020.
Image: living 6, David Bacon, photographic print, 2015 (detail). YAKIMA, WA-2015-The hands of Manuel Ortiz show a life of work. Ortiz came to the U.S. from Mexico as a bracero in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and spent decades as a farm worker in California and Washington.