Clth, 10.5 x 11 in. / 276 pgs / 209 bw.
Pub Date 9/28/2021
Catalog: FALL 2021 p. 99
ISBN 9783958299580 TRADE
List Price: $65.00 CDN $88.00
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Ken Light: Course of the Empire
Text by Ken Light.
A decade of mounting tension in a polarized America, from Wall Street to the rural heartland
A decade ago, Ken Light (born 1951) traveled across the United States photographing a country that he realized was the most fragile of organisms. The photographs of the earlier years in this book create the context for understanding how America lost its way. Light reached all four corners of the country to document people across race, class and political lines. We see the heartland and the coastal cities, Wall Street and rural small towns.
As he continued, seismic changes erupted across America and the country descended into an age of crisis. He photographed protests and Washington politicians in Congress and the White House, climate change disasters and environmental defenders, the rise of the regime of Donald Trump, the Trump rallies and America’s reactions to it all. He comprehensively probed the fractured social and economic condition, going beyond the tropes of inequality we all recite by heart to create a visual portrait of a country mired in calamity, its people deeply splintered, angry and in pain.
The resulting portrait of the American social landscape is a riveting historical and visual record of a complicated country in a complicated time. It is compelling, and one of the earliest photographic accounts of an age that historians and citizens will be scrutinizing for generations to come.
Featured image is reproduced from 'Ken Light: Course of the Empire'.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
On the Seawall
Course of the Empire radiates instability more than any other quality. Light won’t let our eyes settle into a pattern of looking. There is great variety and none if it finds a uniform context; it is a radical collage, ripped apart from its traditional narrative.
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