Richard Steven Street, Jon Lewis: Photographs of the California Grape Strike (University of Nebraska Press, 2013)
Street, Everyone Had Cameras: Photographers and Farmworkers in California (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2008)
Street, Beasts of the Field: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913 (Stanford University Press, 2004)
Street, Photographing Farmworkers in California (Stanford University Press, 2004)
Street, Organizing for Our Lives: News Voices from Rural Communities (New Sage Press/California Rural Legal Assistance, Portland, 1992), Introduction by César Chávez.
Street, Kern County Diary: The Forgotten Photographs of Carleton E. Watkins, 1881-1888 (Bakersfield, Kern County Museum, 1983).
Street, “The Documentary Eye: How Economist Paul S. Taylor Pioneered Social Documentary Photography,” California magazine 120 (May/June 2009), 51-58
Street, “Delano Diary: The Visual Adventure and Social Documentary Work of Jon Lewis, Photographer of the Delano, California Grape Strike, 1966-1970,” Southern California Quarterly 91 (Summer 2009), 191-235.
Street, “Photographing from the bullpen on assignment, when César Chávez ended his fast at Forty Acres, August 21, 1988,” 77 Pacific Historical Review (Winter 2008), 151-153 (and photograph)
Street, “Leonard Nadel’s Photo Essay on Bracero Laborers in California,” Center 27: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2006-May 2007, National Gallery of Art, Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (Wash., DC, 2007), 152-155.
Street, “Poverty in the Valley of Plenty: The National Farm Labor Union, DiGiorgio Farms, and Suppression of Documentary Photography in California, 1947-66,” Labor History 48 (February 2007), 25-48.
Street, “The Photographer’s Double: The Photographer as Historian, the Historian as Photographer,” Visual Communication Quarterly 13 (Spring 2006), 66-89
Street, “Lange’s Antecedents: The Emergence of Social Documentary Photography of California’s Farmworkers,” Pacific Historical Review 75 (August 2006), 385-428.
Street, “Framing Farm Workers Through a Historian’s Lens,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 7, 2002, B13-15 reprinted in History News Network.
Every March and November, when Huron produces 90 percent of all the lettuce in the United States, the population expands from 6,000 to nearly 12,000. Most of the influx consists of single, transient men who follow the lettuce circuit. Stranded in this increasingly impoverished, dysfunctional farm town, they make do in one of five labor camps, dozens of derelict trailers, countless garage barracks, and even the bushes. Vividly underscoring the huge and widening gap between rich and poor in rural California, Knife Fight City caps a multi-volume, multi-decade effort uniting scholarship, literary journalism, and social documentary photography.
By questioning the over- dependence on industrialized, petro-agriculture and scrutinizing its consequences, I aim at heating up the debate about the nature of agribusiness, nudge food production toward a more humane and sustainable system, put a human face on a situation that all too often is reduced to statistics and bar graphs, and provide a model that encourages academics to adopt a broadened and more engaged approach to scholarship.
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