On March 16th, we will celebrate the publication of Valley of Shadows and Dreams (Heyday, 2012). Join us!!
VALLEY OF SHADOWS & DREAMS
A Heyday book
Photography by Ken Light and Text by Melanie Light
Forward by Thomas Steinbeck
Reception & Book Signing
Friday, March 16th
Exhibition runs January 17-May 15,2012
a California far from Hollywood and Malibu and San Francisco, a California that in some elemental respects has not changed much since the days of the Spanish conquistadors. The same sort of manual labor prevails in the fields, the same exploitation of the weakest and poorest still blights the land. In this book you will find a powerful indictment not only of what has happened lately in America's largest state, but also of what is happening across this country right now.
The abuse of illegal immigrants, environmental degradation, the madness of a real estate bubble, and all the other problems of the Central Valley are unfortunately relevant nationwide. Ken and Melanie Light bring great compassion and an eye for beauty to this subject, facing hard truths but refusing to despair. As John Steinbeck argued more than seventy years ago, the demand for justice and the need for true democracy are timeless, essential things.”
—Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation
U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Center for Photography
Corner of Hearst & Euclid, Berkeley
Reception 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Talk by the Authors & Special Guest 7:00-9:00 P.M.
Free & open to the public