: Ensuring enough water for crops is a challenge for farmers. But through the use of irrigation, previously dry lands can be made fertile for growing. Nowhere is this more evident than in the American West. In this 1947 photograph by Joe Munroe, a Utah farmer digs and maintains his irrigation ditches by hand. Joe Munroe's career began in 1939 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He served in the Air Force during World War II and then joined Cincinnati-based Farm Quarterly magazine. Though raised in Detroit, agriculture became an important subject of Joe's photographs. He moved to California in 1955 and free-lanced, taking magazine assignments and selling his own work. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Joe Munroe; Farming; Irrigation farming; Places