The exhibit features the work of 20 California photographers, some legendary artists while others are still building their portfolios. Their subjects range from such personalities as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez to the grounds crew at the Enterprise School District, and includes communities from the San Fernando Valley to the mountains of Colombia and the jungle of Chiapas, Mexico. They capture the tensions of a riot, the terror of war and the exhilaration of making music.
?The photographs in this exhibition provide an opportunity to see the work of some exceptional photographers as well as an examination of our collective past,? said photojournalism professor Kent Kirkton, head of Cal State Northridge?s Institute of Arts and Media. ?They are bound to stimulate both memories and conversation. It is rare that we see such a merging of artistic vision and social consciousness in one exhibition.?
Among the photographers whose works are featured in the show are Harry Adams, David Blumenkrantz, Herb Carlson, Roland Charles, Emmon Clarke, Richard Cross, Guy Crowder, Jack Davis, Bob Douglas, Maxie Floyd, Bill Harvey, James Jeffery, John Kouns, Ringo Chui, Augustine Tabares, James Warner and Charles Williams.
The exhibition includes Bob Douglas? portraits of such jazz greats as Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and Dexter Gordon; Harry Adams? photos of King speaking at the Second Baptist Church and Malcolm X at the funeral of Ronald Stokes; David Blumenkrantz? riveting images from the Sudan; John Kouns? documentation of Robert Kennedy assisting Chavez as the farm labor leader breaks a 25-day fast; and the arresting images of the destruction of the World Trade Center taken by three young photographers.