"Our Stories, Our Lives: Irwin Nash Photographs of Yakima Valley Migrant Labor"

The bounty and diversity of Washington State’s agriculture is possible because of the labor of agricultural workers. In 1967, Irwin Nash visited the Yakima Valley to take photographs for a free-lance magazine piece on valley agriculture. He returned to Yakima each season until 1976 to document the lives of these workers. In the process, he created a compelling archive of more than 9,400 photographs. These images capture the moments of daily life, as well as chronicle an era of rising labor and protest movements, strikes, and social awareness that swept across Washington state and the nation.

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