Steve Cagan came to Cleveland in 1970 for the New University Conference, but soon after arriving his job was eliminated. In his search for a new life direction he became interested in photography. Cagan discusses protests in Cleveland during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, especially the anti-war and the Latin-American movements. His exposure to and involvement in these movements spurred his interest in creating progressive and socially conscious art. In the 1970s and 1980s his creative focus took another turn as he got involved in the labor movement. He was associated with numerous cultural organization and advocacy groups, which in many instances took him around the world. He expresses his dismay at how infrequently culture is incorporated into the sciences, politics, and even Cleveland's social environment.
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