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Ken Light
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Thursday, April 29, 2010 6:30-8:00pm

Ken Light has worked as a documentary photographer for over 40 years focusing on social issues facing America.

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His projects and books have included Coal Hollow, U.C.Press (2006) which observes the conditions that remain after the mechanization of coal in rural West Virginia. Texas Death Row (1996), which portrays the lives of men waiting to be executed on Texas death row.

This work has been published internationally including in Newsweek, Paris Match and the New Yorker, and broadcast worldwide, including on 60 Minutes. His book Delta Time, Smithsonian Institution Press (1995) looks at rural black poverty. His other books include To The Promised Land (Aperture 1988), With These Hands (1986) and In The Fields (1982) all examine undocumented workers. Witness in Our Time : Lives of Working Documentary Photographers (2000) is a text that has been adapted in college photo programs around the United States and a revised second edition is currently being printed by the Smithsonian Institution Press.
Light's work has also been exhibited internationally in over 200 exhibitions including one-person shows at the International Center for Photography, Smith College Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, Track 16, and the Southeast Museum of Photography.  He has received 4 NEA Fellowships, the Dorothea Lange Fellowship, as well as numerous foundation grants. Including one from the Soro's Open Society Institute.
He was a founder of and the International Fund for Documentary Photography and is on the faculty at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley and Director of its Center for Photography.


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