"The new book is a monograph of my earliest photos from 1969 to 1974 documenting the social landscape of America as it roiled with upheaval. I began as a participant in the youth movement and then became an observer of the entire spectrum of the cultural and political wars in America. I criss-crossed the country with youthful passion and a yearning to explain his country to myself, asking, 'What’s going on?' I was 18 years old.
Along the way, my photos documented people across race, class and political lines. The resulting portrait is more than a flashback. I think 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 much of America." — Ken Light
About the Limited Editions:
One limited edition of What's Going On? is printed in a run of 125 copies. It includes a slipcase (pictured below). It is listed to order as SLIPC in the choice of bindings.
There is also a Limited Edition with a choice of print. This edition is limited to 60 copies comes with one signed 8"x10" silver gelatin print: choices are GUARDS, LENNON or PEACE to coincide with the images pictured below (larger images are in our booktease):