Photographer Joel Pickford Documents Hmong Refugees in 'Soul Calling'

Sep 18, 2012

Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora, by photographer Joel Pickford
Credit Heyday Books

Local photographer Joel Pickford's new book "Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora" is an intimate look into the world of the Hmong people.

The 256 page hardcover photo collection is the result of a five-year project that took Pickford around the world to document the saga of several thousand new Hmong refugees as they arrived in California from refugee camps in Thailand. Published by Heyday, the book is an intimate look into the world of the Hmong.

Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey In The Hmong Diaspora
Credit Joel Pickford -

In this interview from Valley Public Radio's Valley Edition, Pickford tells host Juanita Stevenson about the process and inspiration behind this project, and about an upcoming exhibit of his work at the Fresno Art Museum, which opens on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  

See a preview gallery of Pickford's work online...