Documentary Photographer Ken Light talks about the influence and inspiration from documentary photographer Jacob Riis, whose influential book “How the Other Half Lives” brought about change in the Mulberry Slum of New York City.
Ken Light is director of the Center for Photography at the University of California, Berkeley. For over 40 years, Light has committed himself to in-depth storytelling through photography. His aesthetic approach grows out of respect for and knowledge of documentary photography, and his work has been widely published and exhibited internationally.
His photography books include Coal Hollow, Delta Time, Texas Death Row, With These Hands and To the Promised Land. Light’s new book, Valley of Shadow and Dreams, offers evocative photography and keen insight into the environmental, economic and social contradictions in the California Central Valley, reminiscent of the photographs of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) era.
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