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Migrant agricultural workers waiting in line behind truck in the field, for pay for day’s week. Near Belle Glade, Florida

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Marion Post Wolcott, America, (June 7, 1910–November 24, 1990)
Migrant agricultural workers waiting in line behind truck in the field, for pay for day’s week. Near Belle Glade, Florida, 1939
Gelatin silver print on paper
8 3/16 x 11 13/16 in. (20.8 x 30 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Gelatin silver Process
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Blasgen, in honor of Sharon Walther Blasgen '64
Accession Number: 2018.17.1


Commentary
The anonymous men and women stand huddled close together in a line, waiting for their pay. All that can distinguish them as individuals are their ragged clothes and worn-out shoes. Wolcott generally used the faces of her subjects to appeal to the emotions of American citizens, but in this image the unidentifiable arms and legs of the poverty-stricken workers invoke a powerful response. Each person has his or her own story, but here the individuals become a unified group, all pushing on to survive.

Kaela Nurmi, Scripps 2015

Marks
"Marion Post Wolcott" on verso in pencil.

Medium
gelatin silver print

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