The Real Rural California Project

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 (Lisa M. Hamilton/

Writer and photographer Lisa Hamilton says the lack of direct contact between urban and rural Californians makes it feel as though California is made up of two wholly separate states. In a new project titled "Real Rural," Hamilton and her partners introduce California's unseen rural populations to their urban neighbors through photography, interviews and audio conversations.


Lisa Hamilton, writer and photographer for Real Rural, a photojournalism project that aims to bring California's rural life to the urban public

Jon Christensen, executive director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University