The following essay and images are excerpted with permission from The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers, an iconic photo-documentary series shot by Rick Nahmias in 2002-03 and later published as a monograph. Each morning, as early as 2 a.m., these women travel from Mexicali to the Calexico Port of Entry. They wait to board work buses that transport them as far as 75 miles north for their work in the cantaloupe fields of California's Imperial Valley. Women comprise about 21 percent of America's farmworker labor force.Photo: (C) Rick Nahmias/themigrantproject.com When envisioning California, most people conjure images of a …
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Rick Nahmias is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker who focuses on documenting the stories of invisible populations. His acclaimed traveling exhibitions have toured over three dozen national museums, universities, and cultural centers across the U.S., and his images and writing have been published in newspapers, magazines, journals, and news weeklies, as well as being presented on the floor of the U.S. Congress. His work is part of numerous private and public collections.