Commencement at Columbia University
June 2, 1970
New York City, NY
Image © Ken Light/What's Going On? 1969-1974
A graduating student protests war and conflict. Graduation comes one month after four students at Kent State University were killed by the Ohio National Guard during an anti-war protest and one month after the Cambodian invasion. In December of 1969 the national draft lottery was instituted for the Vietnam conflict. Military service was deferred for students, however once they graduated, young men were required to report to the draft board for military service.
"My early years as a movement photographer (1969-1974) showed me that a democracy is a fragile organization that requires dynamic participation of its citizens. The experience of being with other young people who struggled, lived, marched and worked together to create an alternative voice for our generation was idealism in action."
Ken Light has worked as a documentary photographer, focusing on social issues facing America for over 50 years. His work has been published in eleven books, including, Midnight La Frontera, What’s Going On? 1969-1974,Coal Hollow, Delta Time, To The Promised Land, With These Hands, Texas Death Row and Valley of Shadows and Dreams.He is also the author of the text Witness in Our Time: Lives of Working Documentary Photographers, now in its second edition. He was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Photographers Fellowships and the Dorothea Lange Fellowship. His work has been in numerous magazines, newspapers and a variety of media (electronic & film), and presented in over 225 exhibitions worldwide including one person shows at the International Center for Photography (NYC), Oakland Museum of California, S.E. Museum of Photography, Visual Studies Workshop, Visa pour L’image Perpignan (France) and the San Jose Museum of Art. He is the Reva and David Logan Professor of Photojournalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley. www.kenlight.com
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