Photo assignment: Harvest

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  In August, I photographed the peach harvest at the Masumoto Family Farm, an 80-acre organic farm south of Fresno in California’s San Joaquin Valley. It’s not just any old peach harvest. The Masumotos run an adopt-a-tree program and they allow teams of friends and relatives to harvest their adopted trees every summer. These photos were printed in Edible Marin’s …

VIDEO: Welcome to China Alley

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Here’s the short film about China Alley in Hanford, Calif. that I shot and edited in just 5 days with my colleague Jes Therkelsen and his two students Tou Yang and Matthew Vincent. The film was made as part of the 2013 International Documentary Challenge . China Alley traces its roots to 1877, when the Central Pacific railroad was extended westward to …

PHOTOS: Dance of the devils

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The residents of Campo Nebraska on the outskirts of Fresno in California’s Central Valley live in shabby houses, in near complete isolation. The migrant camp, hemmed in front all sides by vineyards and fields, is owned by a Mexican mayordomo and houses immigrants from the village San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca. They are indigenous people, most of them Mixtecos who speak …

PHOTOS: Fragments

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The smell is musty, the wooden floorboards rotten, the original owners long dead. But the century-old Chinese herb shop with its towering armoire of small wooden drawers can still be found nearly intact behind a set of heavy metal doors. Herb bundles sit on dust-coated shelves; wafer-thin paper used by the doctor to wrap the herbs hangs on a rack by …

Obama on immigration

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The media world is abuzz today over President Obama’s speech on immigration. As expected, the president in Las Vegas pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, including strong enforcement, legalization of 11 million who lack legal status, and changes to the legal immigration system. What I found most interesting in Obama’s speech was his sense of history. Below is an excerpt. “… …

AP STORY: Almond investors

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If you spend any time driving through the San Joaquin Valley, the vast stretch of fields and orchards between Sacramento and Bakersfield, you will notice the almond trees. Hundreds of thousands of acres of almond trees, to be exact. An ocean of almond, orchards without end. Soon, in February, the trees will bloom into an immeasurable white coverlet. The Valley is where most of the world’s …

AP STORY: Marijuana growers move to farms

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Here’s the story my colleague and I wrote about how marijuana growers have moved from mountains and forests to farms in California’s most fertile agricultural region – the Central Valley – so that they can grow bigger plants, evade the federal government and hide behind the state’s medical marijuana law. Read story here. The AP hired a freelance photographer for …