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Reception Apr 5, 6-8p:

Valley of Shadows and Dreams
 Ken Light

umbrage gallery, 111 Front St., Dumbo, NY (#208)


Ken Light has embarked on a photographic exploration of a region known for its agricultural plenty—and the marginalization of its people. In Valley of Shadows and Dreams he digs deep into the harsh truths of farm workers’ daily experience in California’s Central Valley, revealing a deep sense of anger and betrayal toward the destructive legacies of politics, bureaucracy, and control - thru May 4

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© Ken Light

#1: Midnight, Fiesta Club, Tulare, California, 2007
#2: Foot Line, Westside Community Center, Mendota, California, 2009

Ken Light is a social documentary photographer, and educator, whose work has appeared in books, magazines, catalogues, on-line media and exhibitions.

Ken and Melanie Light embarked on a five-year photographic journey of a region known for its agricultural plenty – and the marginalization of its people. In their 2012 book, Valley of Shadows and Dreams, the Lights dig deep into the harsh truths of farm workers’ daily experiences in California’s Central Valley and take a hard look at the legacies of politics, bureaucracy and control in the region. (read more)

On October 12, 2012 (7:30pm), Ken Light will talk about his work at the San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall (800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, Ca; at Jones Street). More info here.

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kickstarter

Photographer Ken Light’s Kickstarter campaign to fund his self-published book, “What’s Going On: America 1969-1974,” has just a few hours left!

He says, “With this book I am trying to create a work to revive memory, raise questions and add to the library of work from this extraordinary period in the twentieth century. For those of us who were there it will spark thoughtful remembrance, for those who were not, it will add to your understanding of your own inherited history with these photographs.”

anonymous asked:

Is Ken a light sleeper? Could you sneak a picture?

Hide: “It’s about 50/50 actually. Sometimes he sleeps like the dead. Other times I swear he could wake up to the sound of a pin drop! Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to sleep…“  ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)


OMG MY FIRST ASK! I decided to do a gesture-ish doodle cuz its faster and I suck at line art haha!

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And to continue to honor local Bay Area photography, New in Carte Blanche, signed copies of a beautiful book by Ken and Melanie Light, Valley of Shadows and Dreams.

Photographs by Ken and text by Melanie.

Publisher’s Description
Ken and Melanie Light have embarked on a photographic and literary exploration of a region known for its agricultural plenty—and the marginalization of its people. In Valley of Shadows and Dreams they dig deep into the harsh truths of farm workers’ daily experience, revealing a deep sense of anger and betrayal toward the destructive legacies of politics, bureaucracy, and control.

The Lights show us once-viable farmland transformed into neighborhoods full of empty tract homes that no workers can afford. We are confronted head-on with the devastating results of foreclosure. We stand in the Community Center food line in Mendota, we slip magically onto a midnight dance floor with migrant workers in Tulare, and we sail out across the San Joaquin River on a rope swing. These photos and stories capture scenes of hardworking people fighting to preserve their livelihoods and traditions.

With an introduction by Thomas Steinbeck and impassioned essays by Melanie Light about the importance of recognizing and rectifying the cycle of employers oppressing workers, Valley of Shadows and Dreams uncovers the realities of life in this troubled but vital region that are often hidden and difficult to capture.