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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
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    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
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    Bryan at the swimming hole. Laurel Creek Fork Hollow, West Virginia, 2002
    © Ken Light
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    Ku Klux Klan speech at the county courthouse. Ohio-West Virginia border, 1999
    © Ken Light
    Collection of the International Center of Photography
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    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