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Ken Light

River Baptism, Moon Lake, Mississippi, 1992

gelatin silver print

Ken Light came to photojournalism as an extension of his anti-war activism, capturing clashes between students and the National Guard shortly before four students were killed at Kent State in similar demonstrations. Arrested despite his press credentials, he retrieved his undeveloped film when he got out of jail, and "those photos were published in newspapers and magazines all over the world," he says. Light has been on the faculty at UC Berkeley since 1983 and has earned numerous awards and published books examining the lives of farm workers: With These Hands (Pilgrim Press) and To The Promised Land (Aperture); impoverished African-Americans in the deep South - Delta Time (Smithsonian Institution Press); and Appalachia - Coal Hollow (University of California Press).