The Cotton Pickers, 1968

This picture was made from horse back on the Ferguson Unit, a prison farm for teenagers inside the Texas Department of Corrections, almost fifty years ago.
The field workers are young black convicts, the sack they pull are weighed and when full are three times larger than those carried by the slave women on the South Carolina plantation.

One Response to “The Cotton Pickers, 1968”
  1. Builder Levy says:

    Congratulations Danny on the New York Times Magazine article today by Teju Cole.
    Your additional text on your blog about who these young men in your photograph, the nature of their labor, and how you made it, enriches and intensifies the experiencing of your already powerful work of art. It is such a signficant contribution to the history of photography and the meaning of American culture. Thank you.

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