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Something you should see: Out of Season

August 30, 2009
© Reinaldo Loureiro

© Reinaldo Loureiro

If you buy vegetables in a supermarket, see this photo essay and article by Reinaldo Loureiro on the lens culture blog. Even if yours aren’t Spanish vegetables, click through the slideshow. The industrialization of vegetables is complete, from the phallic and spacey advertising for squash to the dehumanization of the workers who grow them.

This body of work portrays the social and economic landscape of the Spanish greenhouse plains of Almeria. Once a deserted land and traditionally an impoverished territory, today the Almeria fields represent the largest concentration of plastic greenhouses in the world….

The fact is that more than 20,000 undocumented workers are systematically employed in this labour-intensive industry and many have to endure extreme living and working conditions. All have set sail across a murderous sea to reach the Spanish shore but only to become trapped in the red tape of immigration rules in this dramatic maze of white plastic.

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  1. August 31, 2009 8:05 pm

    The light can be a little harsh when it shines on what is behind all of the convience in our lives. We have become accustomed to finding whatever we want, when we want it, no matter the time year. Thanks for the link to Lens Culture. I spent an hour trolling through the archives and put it in my favorites so I can go back.

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