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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

Paul Fusco. Farm worker picking grapes in California (Look assignment: “Cesar Chavez”), 1966. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (66.00.00)

PAUL FUSCO. Grape Picker. California, 1966

“I want the viewers to be moved into the lives of the people that they are looking at [so that] the visual experience is incredibly emotional,” said Paul Fusco, who worked for LOOK magazine from 1957 to 1971. This exhibition includes work from two of Fusco's assignments for LOOK. For a 1966 story on Cesar Chavez, a co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association, Fusco focused on Chavez’s fight for the California grape pickers’ working conditions. For this photograph of a grape picker, Fusco lay on the ground to convey the difficulties of working under the prickly grape vines. In 1968 Fusco rode Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train, photographing the crowds waiting along the railroad tracks to see the train pass on its way from California to New York.