By Sarah Hofmann | The Sun
Photo by: David Bacon
January 16, 2024

Fifty-two images were shot in past 30 years by David Bacon

An in-depth look into the lives and communities of Inland Empire agricultural workers is on display in downtown Riverside.

“Working Coachella: Images of the farmworker community of the Coachella Valley” includes 52 photos selected from the project’s thousands of images, according to a news release from the Civil Rights Institute of Southern California, which is hosting the exhibit.

Behind the photos is David Bacon, a Bay Area photographer, writer and activist who began the project 30 years ago. Bacon, a factory worker and union organizer for about 20 years, said Monday, Jan. 15, that he came to the Coachella Valley while organizing for the United Farm Workers. He began working as a photographer in the 1980s, and tried to document the topics he knew about, including migration and the global economy’s impact on people.