With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Gary Harwood lives in Kent, Ohio, and teaches visual storytelling at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He took this month’s cover photograph in 2005 while making annual portraits of the Manchester Dance Ensemble out of Akron, Ohio.
When they set out to document the lives of Mexican migrant workers in Hartville, author David Hassler and photographer Gary Harwood expected to find examples of injustice, deprivation, and misery. Instead they found a functioning seasonal community, rich in culture, to which entire families return each year. The work is hard and dirty, and the workers struggle to support themselves and their dependents.
Beatrice Gutiérrez “blocking” lettuce
Waiting for the day-care bus
The Soto family at work