Originating in 16th century Germany and persecuted for their faith, the Mennonites migrated around the globe. Today, the greatest numbers of the Old Colony sect, on which this work is based, live in Mexico and migrate, for economic survival, to the vegetable fields of Canada.
Larry first encountered this displaced farming community near his home in rural Ontario, and through intimate access gained over ten years, created a unique portrait of an often-misunderstood people in one of the most beautiful and award winning photography books of the decade. In addition to images, Towell’s personal and poetic text records the harshness and poverty, as well as the disciplines and contradictions of a traditional community struggling to keep the modern world at bay. Book design based on slip-case Mennonite hymnal.