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Georgia Cotton ~ 2018

In these photographs, cotton fields in southern Georgia have been harvested for the season, the cotton bound into modules awaiting pickup. For over two hundred years, cotton has been integral to the southern economy, and has become a central fabric of our culture even though fraught with its own controversial and disturbing history. Harvesting begins in late autumn, and the cotton bound in stretchy plastic sheaths. Each module contains 12-14 bales of cotton and weighs up to 5,000 pounds.