Image and Imagination

Ben Clarke, Editor; Photographer, Dorothea Lange

Writer-in-residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library, Ben Clarke, re-examines Dorothea Lange's photographs along with collaborating artists including: A.K. Black, Scott Braley, Lucha Corpi, Kitty Costello, Maketa Groves, Richard Oyama, Margot Pepper, Eric Robertson, Clifton Ross, Abena Songbird, and Rhett Stuart. Using poetry, personal essay, rap and contemporary photography the artists explore the intersection between Lange's documentary photography and current realities.

Image and Imagination includes over 50 photographs by world renowned photographer Dorothea Lange, spanning her entire career, including:

A Hopi reservation in the late 1920's;
Family photographs from the early 1930's;
Long suppressed photographs of the War Relocation of persons of Japanese ancestry;
Images from the Oakland streets and criminal justice system in the 1950's;
And of course her well known Depression era documentary work such as the iconic photo known as Migrant Mother.


ISBN:09625153-8-8 100 pages, 56 photographs $15.95

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About B. Jesse Clarke

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Clarke is the founding editor of Freedom Voices Press, artistic director of Encounters in the Americas/ Encuentros de los Americas project of CENSA and editor of Race, Poverty & the Environment a journal of social and environmental justice published by Urban Habitat.

He is the co-editor with Roger Burbach of September 11 and the U.S. War, Beyond the Curtain of Smoke co-published by Freedom Voices and City Lights publishers 2002; editor of Image and Imagination, Encounters with the Photography of Dorothea Lange, 1997; and co-editor, with Clifton Ross of Voice of Fire, 1994, the first anthology of Zapatista communiqués and interviews published in English.

From 1998-2004, Clarke was editor of MediaFile a bi-monthly journal of media analysis and resources for activists published by San Francisco's Media Alliance.

A California Arts Council artist-in-residence 1999-2001 and a San Francisco Arts Commission lead artist on a project called Raising Our Voices, Clarke has been teaching writing, digital design and critical thinking in community settings for over a decade.