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Past Exhibition

  • Ken Light
    Cody and Ocie, his girlfriend of twenty-two years. Ozzley Branch Hollow, West Virginia, 2002
    © Ken Light
  • Ken Light
    James and his brother J.R., three and five years old. Thacker Creek Hollow, West Virginia, 1999
    © Ken Light
    Collection of the International Center of Photography
  • Ken Light
    Bryan at the swimming hole. Laurel Creek Fork Hollow, West Virginia, 2002
    © Ken Light
  • Ken Light
    Ku Klux Klan speech at the county courthouse. Ohio-West Virginia border, 1999
    © Ken Light
    Collection of the International Center of Photography
  • Ken Light
    After the storm, Devils Fork Hollow, 2000
    © Ken Light
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    Johnnie, fifty-two years old. Crane Creek Hollow, West Virginia, 2001
    © Ken Light
    Collection of the International Center of Photography

Ken Light: Coal Hollow

DECEMBER 9–FEBRUARY 26, 2006

West Virginia, once a principal source of the nation's coal, is now wracked by poverty and despair. Documentary photographer Ken Light's stark black-and-white images portray the culture of the state's small towns, after the mines have closed, where the people are devastated by unemployment, drug use, and mine-related diseases. The dire economic conditions of this largely neglected area of Appalachia are compounded by the revival of the Ku Klux Klan and the polluted environment left by the collapsed mining industry.

The exhibition was curated by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis. It was made possible with support from Sanford Luger and Ellen Samuel.