Los Angeles Times - Book Report
August 28, 1980
A Nostalgic Vision of the Central Valley
Reviewed by Richard G. Lillard
The book is a worthy successor to the Depression tradition of "The Grapes of Wrath" and the photographs by Dorathea Lange and Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. In the Hammond-Zachreson San Joaquin Valley there are no freeways, cities, corporations, rich people or colleges. There are no technological plants and factories, though there are views of installations decades old, such as a water tower in Fresno and a grain elevator in Patterson. See full review
San Francisco Chronicle
April 6, 1980 - Photo Caption
The photographer roams this vast and predominatly agricultural area and his work is played against Zachreson's anedotes, pieces of history, and regional yarns to present a unique profile of the area.
The Stockton Record - Books
A Haunting Portrait of the Valley
Reviewed by Howard Lachtman
The imagination of the writer, teamed with the eye of the photographer, has resulted in this classic black-and-white study of the land and its people. No book has captured the back roads and ordinary lives of the Valley better than this one, through the "California primitive" portrait it offers is certainly as studied and stylized as any more sophisticated coffee table book. See full review
The Midwest Book Review
Reviewed by James A. Cox
Zachreson's short writings illustrate each photo, adding insight into the culture, folklore or events behind these still life scenes, and adding a fuller perspective to the photos.
September, 1984 Vol. 2 No 1
The impenetrable curtain of the central valley has been lifted as the spotlight focuses on archetypal players moving within rhythms of epic proportion. Fleeting moments are chronicled in a manner which gives timeless significance, and this this vision of daily life provides penetrating insight into the entire human drama.