VALLEY OF SHADOWS & DREAMS
A Heyday book
Photography by Ken Light
Text by Melanie Light
Forward by Thomas Steinbeck
January 17-May 15,2012
(save the date)
Reception & Book Signing
Friday, March 16th
“Valley of Shadows and Dreams explores a different California from the one that most people know—
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
We’re back in full effect, and we have exciting things going on this year — classes, a darkroom move (just to downstairs), and shows! So keep film alive. We will if you will.