Exhibit Captures The Valley's Rural African-American Communities In The 1960's With Rare Photos
A new exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum opening Friday July 13th, sheds new light on the history of rural African-American communities in the San Joaquin Valley. It features the work of photographer and journalist Ernest Lowe. From 1960-1964 he documented life in the communities of Dos Palos and Pixley, with fine art, black and white photographs. A student of Dorothea Lange, Lowe's work captures the stories of black families who came to the valley during the Second World War, only to have their lives upended by the mechanization of agriculture a decade later. We spoke with photographer Joel Pickford, an accomplished photographer in his own right, who made the prints for this exhibit, and worked with the Lowe archive.