In December 2011, PhotoWings asked Ken Light to document the book printing process for his new book, Valley of Shadows and Dreams. Ken made a video journal of his book “on press” in Singapore, documenting the printing process and the exhausting amount of energy and emotion involved. Since the book is on press 24/7 the photographer needs to wake up as each page comes through to check for errors, which Ken discusses.
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.