Roland L. FreemanHorse-drawn Cultivator. Mississippi, 1974, from the series, Southern Roads/City Pavements
gelatin silver print
11 1/6 x 13 15/16 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
The bold, triangular form of the plow held upright by the soil in which it rests gives this picture its shape and its meaning. It speaks of traditional agricultural practices and of generations of small-scale Southern farmers eking out a living while remaining tied to the tools of the past.