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Lettuce Fields, Salinas

ca. 1940
20th Century
7 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (19.05 cm x 24.13 cm)

Sybil Anikeyev, American, (1896–1997)

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 1939.49
The photographer Sibyl Anikeyev was a student of Edward Weston. In 1939, Anikeyev became the project photographer of the Federal Art Project on the Monterey Peninsula. Traveling on the Peninsula and along the California coast, she photographed landscapes, fishermen, and historic adobe buildings. Several of her photographs were published in the book, Monterey Peninsula, compiled in 1941 by the Work Projects Administration in Northern California.

California’s agricultural fields have been significant sites of labor action and empowerment throughout the state’s history. The Salinas Lettuce Strike of 1934, led by the Filipino Labor Union and Vegetable Packers Association, saw lettuce cutters and shed workers demand better wages and call attention to the ethnic discrimination they faced. Of the 7,000 striking workers, almost half were Filipino.

Exhibition List
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  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (19.05 cm x 24.13 cm)
  • Mount Dimensions: 14 in. x 18 in. (35.56 cm x 45.72 cm)

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