"Visual Quotations"
                  Photographs by Richard Freeman


Farmworkers March for Justice!

New York state has a law that specifically excludes farmworkers from the labor laws which protect workers in other industries. For two summers, 2003 & 2004, I accompanied a group of these workers who marched from Rochester, NY to Albany over a 10-day period. There, on the capital steps they met a group that had been marching from New York City and held a large rally demanding that the state legislature pass a bill that would include them in the state's labor laws. To this day, they are still struggling. We have on video a state representative (Republican) telling a young 16-year old who helps his parents in the field during the summer that they (the state) keeps the wages low precisely so that he and his family can have work. I marched both to give support and to help a friend who was working on a documentary. Here are a few images I managed to take between shootings.

Pre-march service, Brockport, NY
Pre-march service, Brockport, NY
Pre-march service, Brockport, NY
Pre-march service, Brockport, NY
Pre-march service, Brockport, NY
Pre-march service, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
On the road, marching for justice!
On the road, marching for justice!
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
Send-off fiesta, Brockport, NY
We're off!
We're off!
Farmworkers03 2-16a
Farmworkers03 2-20a
Leaving Rochester, NY
Leaving Rochester, NY
Day one 3
Day one 4
Day one 7
Day one 8
Day Two 01
Day Two 03
Day Two 10
Day Two 11
Day Two 12
Day Two 14
Day Two 19
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Rally in Syracuse, NY
Last stop! Albany, NY - Capital Steps Rally
Last stop! Albany, NY - Capital Steps Rally

The B&W images were taken with my Leica M-6. The color images were shot with a Minolta Dimage S414. It was OK, but I went back to shooting film for another year, before switching to digital for good.



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