Ken Light's Publications
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Valley of Shadows and Dreams
Valley of Shadows & Dreams is a thoughtful and humane work, a new, sensitive reanalysis of our dependence on the Central Valley, told through elegant pictures and text. The pictures are personal; they recall the tradition of the documentary photographs of the region s artistic forebears, especially Dorothea Lang's, but they are new, and--if one can even hazard the word in such situations--very beautiful.
University of California Press
This remarkable book presents arresting black and white photographs and powerful oral histories that chronicle the legacy of coalmining in southern West Virginia. In Light's poignant images and Melanie Lights oral histories record the distinctive voices of the residents of Coal Hollow--a fictional composite of the communities the Lights surveyed and the book reveals how the intersection of mountain culture and the greed of the coal companies brought crushing poverty to a region of once-proud people.
Witness in Our TIme
with a compelling image from each photographer, Witness in Our
Time traces the recent history
of social documentary photography in the words of twenty-two of
the genre's best photographers, editors, and curators, showing
that the profession remains vital, innovative, and committed to
social change. Featuring interviews with Hansel Mieth, Walter Rosenblum,
Michelle Vignes, Wayne Miller, Peter Magubane, Matt Herron, Jill
Freedman, Mary Ellen Mark, Earl Dotter, Eugene Richards, Susan
Meiselas, Sebastião Salgado, Graciela Iturbide, Antonin
Kratochvil, Donna Ferrato, Joseph Rodriguez, Dayanita Singh, Fazal
Sheikh, Gifford Hampshire, Peter Howe, Colin Jacobson, and Ann
||Texas Death Row
University Press of Mississippi
The raw and austere
photographs and the accompanying text of Texas Death Row reveal
what we have created in the hopeless world of court-ordered death.
Whomever opens this book will want to look away, for the pictures
and words force us to gaze intimately into the eye of death. With
82 dutone images, Texas Death Row shows us how the men in America's
most active death house eat, sleep, recreate, work, visit and exercise
while waiting to die.
Smithsonian Institution Press
journey through the poorest communities of the Mississippi Delta.
The images show a passion for detail and compassion for the subjects
in a land where times have brought little change. The legacy of
sharecropping, racism and poverty in the Deep South are captured
in more than 100 dutone images.
||To The Promised Land
To The Promised Land gives an intimate
view of a situation of enormous and often tragic proportions. The
photographic portraits and reportage of the long dangerous journey
from Mexico to the United States is supported by a brilliant essay
by Richard Rodriquez. The images take us from rural Mexico to the
U.S.-Mexican Border and finally to the communities of Southern
California, where these undocumented immigrants try to create a
||With These Hands
The Pilgrim Press
1986 (out of print)
For generations, migrant workers have faced
hard labor in horrible working conditions.With an introduction
by Cesar Chavez and over 65 duotone images reveal their plight, the
poor conditions, child
labor and dilapidated housing conditions. But the book also shows the
strength and dignity of these workers and the majestic
beauty of America's agricultural lands.
photographs ©2000/2005 Ken Light
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