South African Farmworkers, 2013-2014

This series documents the lives of farm workers living in South Africa. Started at the beginning of 2013, visiting farmworkers outside of Cape Town who were on strike and protesting and demanding better conditions and higher pay. The strike was met with police violence that left at least one person dead, while many others were injured by rubber bullets. As a result of the raid and attacks on communities, the strike ended not long after the clashes with a small raise to $10 a day. 

For the following year, I joined the farm worker’s union organizers and documented workers’ homes and daily lives. The generosity and welcoming of these farmworkers never ceased to amaze me. I will forever be thankful to them for inviting me into their houses, often under the threat of punishment by the farm owners.