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Trent Davis Bailey on Shooting a Massive Agriculture Empire Without Access for Cali Sunday Magazine

May 3, 2018

By David Walker

© Trent Davis Bailey

In California’s drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley, one of the biggest industrial farms in the U.S. cultivates tens of thousands of acres of fruit and nut trees. “It was my job to make [it] visible to the public in a way that it had not been seen before,” says photographer Trent Davis Bailey.

The California Sunday Magazine’s 54-page story about the San Joaquin Valley empire of America’s biggest farmer covers a range of issues: industrial farming, immigrant labor, the concentration of power and wealth and water scarcity in the West. Called “A Kingdom From Dust,” the story was written by Mark Arax and photographed by Trent Davis Bailey. “When I first read it,...

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