About the Book
In UNDOCUMENTED, photographer Roger Minick presents a personal look at the plight of undocumented farm- workers on one ranch in Southern California. Through minick’s lens we are taken into the camps, where we see the men’s faces up close, their daily lives, the back-breaking nature of their work; we see the friendships they evolve, their resourcefulness and diligence; and most of all we see their enduring humanity.
In his timely essay, Richard Steven Street discusses minick’s images in the context of the history of farmworker photography and recounts what it is like for an impoverished mexican or guatemalan to leave everything be- hind and walk, hitch, ride rails, to find work in “el norte.” He describes men who will work ten-hour days, six to seven days a week, for months, years, at labor that is back-breaking, underpaid, unappreciated. These are “liminal men,” writes Street, men caught between two worlds––the one they have left behind and the one in which they have found themselves attempting to survive.
American Roger Minick has been photographing the American experience for nearly half a century. His photographs are included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J Paul Getty Museum, George Eastman House, and The Smithsonian. Two previous mainstream photographic books, published by Scrimshaw Press, include DELTA WEST and HILLS OF HOME. The recent books AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICS, SIGHTSEER, CELL PEOPLE, SEEN from TRAIN, UNDOCUMENTED, THE ETERNAL STARE, PARTHENON MARBLES, CORNUCOPIA, EyeEurope, EyeRamblings, and FIFTY are published by Perambulation Press, a self-publishing venture founded by Roger Minick, specializing in fine quality limited edition books. Dylan Swift is Roger Minick's nom de plume.