Ken Light's earliest photos from 1969 to 1974 documents the social, cultural and political landscapes of the United States at the time and marks his transformation from a student activist to a concerned social documentary photographer. Light's frontline photos show people across race, class and political lines. The resulting portrait is more than a flashback. It is a unique and important historical record that counteracts the truncated memory of the sixties that has been inserted into our psyche by both editorial and commercial media.
Like a Pavlovian response, the sixties conjures up images of young people smoking pot, dancing high on LSD to rock music in the park. In fact, those years weren’t like that at all for many. It was a time when young people saw much promise and felt that fundamental change was possible. It was a time when young people could naively dream of a better world.