In your latest book, Terrain, you photograph Eastern and Southern African agricultural laborers in several different farms and locations. How does lifestyle change on each of these different farms? Is there a particular place you felt more attached to than any other? How did your experience photographing Terrain differ from your prior work, Farm?
I visited all kinds of farms and locations. Some were family farms, some commercial and some were farmers were working at a subsistence level. So there was a huge diversity. As to the experience of photographing in the 1990’s and today, well, the cultural connection to the land hasn’t really changed, but the politics around agriculture have. The power of land and nature in context with political power are inextricably linked. Most of the farms that I photographed in Terrain were owned by indigenous Africans. I think everyone agrees that land distribution is an essential part of the decolonization process and empowering indigenous farmers is an important part of that. In Zimbabwe I also visited lots of resettled farms, many of which, for practical reasons, were growing tobacco. The main problem going forward is investment in infrastructure because the new farmers are only given a six month rolling lease and can be evicted at any time.