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Lisa Law

Over the past four decades Lisa Law's still, movie and video images have chronicled the social and cultural changes in America, from her film documentary of that vibrant '60s, to her moving contemporary still photographs of the indigenous people of North, South, and Central America as they struggle for sovereignty and survival.

Her career as a photographer began in the early sixties. With a new Honeywell Pentax camera in hand and working as an assistant to a manager in the rock and roll scene, she began taking pictures. Whether she was backstage with The Beatles, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, Otis Redding, The Lovin Spoonful, The Velvet Underground, & The Byrds, taking promotional photographs of Janis Joplin and Big Brother, at home making dinner for house guests like Bob Dylan or Andy Warhol, or helping feed hundreds of thousands at Woodstock with the Hog Farm Commune, her passion for photography grew into a profession.

Since that time, Lisa has specialized in documenting history as she has experienced it. As a mother, writer, photographer and social activist, her work reveals distinctive communities of people, including homeless of San Francisco, the El Salvadorians resistance against military oppression, and the Navajo and Hopi nations struggling to preserve their ancestral religious sites, traditions and land. She uses her camera as a powerful weapon to champion the rights of indigenous nations, bringing to a wide audience riveting insights into their cultures just as she did during the social revolution of the Sixties.

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