The past few months have been quite busy. I have ended my work at Fotovision, a nonprofit that I started eight years ago. It was a great organization and we really did so much with so little to be a resource and community builder for documentary still photographers. But now, I am out on my own as a writer, and small edition book publisher.
In May of 2012, Heyday Books will publish my next book with a working title of "Valley of Shadows and Dreams." I am partnering with my husband, Ken Light again for our second book together - very exciting. The book explores the dynamic and important Great Central Valley of California. It is difficult to capture because of its size, complexity and heterogeneous nature. We know we are on the right track, though. Thomas Steinbeck (yes, the son of John Steinbeck) has been supportive of tout vision and has contributed a piece of his own to the book. He shares his father’s sentiment that the role of a writer is to reconnect people with their own sense of humanity. This book, in its own way, aims to do just that.
I am also proud to announce that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired nine of the photographs Ken made for this body of work, in part through the generosity of Suzie Katz and her nonprofit, Photowings (photowings.org). Ms. Katz has been a major supporter of the publication of this book, which we hope becomes a lasting documentation of the quickly changing early twenty-first century valley.