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Oakland Museum: the Central Valley, as captured by Ken and Melanie Light

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Photo by Ken Light.

Bay Area photographer Ken Light and his essayist wife Melanie Light spent five years collecting stories and photographs in the Central Valley. Now 31 black-and-white photographs along with narrative are on display at the Oakland Museum of California in an exhibition dubbed “Ken and Melanie Light: Valley of Shadows and Dreams.” It’s at the museum through Dec. 31.

From exhibition description:

The photographs showcase highs and the lows of daily life-from the devastating results of home foreclosures to the jubilant experiences of children enjoying the simple pleasures of a rope swing on the San Joaquin River. In the tradition iconic collaborations such as that between Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor, the Lights provide a fresh, contemporary view of both the beauty and the callous truths in this important agricultural region in California.

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