Fruit Tramps: a Family of Migrant Farmworkers Herman LeRoy Emmet
Published by University of New Mexico Press, 1989
Softcover, unpaged (ca. 160), 23 x 27 cm
The term fruit tramps is used by migrant fruit pickers to describe themselves. This moving book is a photographer's record of a fruit tramp family over the period of almost ten years. Herman Emmet lived, worked and traveled with the Tindal family as they move from field to field across the US. Unlike most photojournalists, he was able to stay with the family and capture with great intimacy not just what they do but how they change as the children grow up and the parents grow older. Fruit Tramps is a remarkable and important story of great human value about a generational pattern of subsistence living. An invisible, scorned subculture at the tattered edge of our society, they ask not for our pity but for our respect.