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Online Artist Talk: Ken and Melanie Light, Picturing Resistance
Thursday, December 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Free for CPA members, $10 for non-members
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Please join us for this special program with Ken and Melanie Light as they discuss their recent book, “Picturing Resistance: Moments and Movements of Social Change from the 1950s to Today.”

About Picturing Resistance
A compelling photographic history of the important moments of progressive resistance–from the civil rights movement to the present–to inspire the change-makers and activists of today.

A powerful commemoration of notable moments of protest, Picturing Resistance highlights the important American social justice movements of the last seven decades. Including both black-and-white and color photographs, this important record pairs iconic and unexpected images with insightful narrative captions that contextualize the meanings behind the moments. UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism professor Ken Light and author Melanie Light have carefully curated unconventional photographs of the most memorable moments in twentieth- and twenty-first-century protest history, offering a fresh perspective on these important occasions.

In place of the iconic image of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at the March on Washington, Picturing Resistance conveys the feeling of pain and frustration of the time period by instead showing him moments after being arrested, restrained against a police station table. The moments captured in Picturing Resistance take the reader on a journey through decades of people-powered protest, featuring images from the front lines of the civil rights, women’s, environmental, and disability rights movements, as well as contemporary movements like Black Lives Matter and March for Our Lives.

Picturing Resistance will inspire revolutionary thinkers, activists, and dreamers of all stripes to celebrate the milestones of the past as we build a progressive future.

To order Ken an Melanie’s book, click here >

Ken Light  is a social documentary photographer who has exhibited internationally including one person show at the International Center for Photography and the Oakland Museum and has received numerous grants and awards, including two NEA photography fellowships and the Dorothea Lange Fellowship. He has published eleven photography books including Midnight La Frontera, Valley of Shadows and Dreams, Coal Hollow, Witness in Our Time, Texas Death Row, Delta Time, and What’s Going On? 1969-1974. He is  the Reva and David Logan Professor of Photojournalism at the University of California, Berkeley.


Melanie Light writes about social issues and has written in collaboration with photographer Ken Light on two previous documentary projects: Coal Hollow (2006) and Valley of Shadows and Dreams (2012), for which she was awarded the California Book Award in 2013. She has published several special edition photography books and was the founding executive director of Fotovision, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the international community of documentary photographers. Light is the recipient of grants from the Soros Documentary Fund and the Rosenberg Foundation. She teaches and lectures internationally. Currently, she appraises fine art and fine art photography, and manages a private art collection.



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