Announcement Day is upon us

Up until today, it’s all been speculation. Finally, we will get our first peek at Apple’s newest device, find out what it’s actually called, and hopefully get a real sense of what it will mean for the future of media delivery. For photographers, this could mean a whole new market for their work, plus a way better way to show people their images on the fly. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. For now, enjoy the last moments of day-dreaming and check out this great list of sites and twitter feeds that will be following the event live from San Francisco 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern.

Update: Well, maybe they could have worked on the name a little more? But the iPad is a fine looking machine. Only time will truly tell what impact it will have for photographers, but even in its first day, the iPad has breathed new hope into publishing. We’ll keep you posted as details continue to unravel, and of course, if we manage to get our hands on one.

Doug DuBois among the best books of 2009

photo-eye has announced its Best Books of 2009, which is compiled by a prestigious panel of publishers, artists, and book lovers using a vote system. The beautiful and haunting book . . . all the days and nights, by Doug DuBois, published by aperture, is high on the list receiving nods from Daniel Espeset, Andrew Phelps, George Slade, and Alec Soth. If you don’t already have a copy, this is definitely one for your collection.

Light Work offers signed copies of . . . all the days and nights in our online store for $45. For $15 more, you can get a signed . . . all the days and nights plus a year’s subscription to the award-winning Contact Sheet (five issues, including The Light Work Annual). Your purchase goes directly into supporting our programming for emerging and underrecognized artists.

Rachel Herman: The Imp of Love

Rachel Herman—The Imp of Love
January 14–March 12, 2010
Gallery Reception: January 28, 2010, 5:00–7:00pm

Light Work is pleased to announce the exhibition The Imp of Love, featuring the work of Rachel Herman. The photographs capture moments between two people who were once lovers, but are now trying to maintain their relationship as just friends. According to Herman, she hopes to depict visually “how love bends but doesn’t break.”

This attempt to maintain a friendship where there was once a more intense love can lead to awkward or painful moments, or in some cases tender and confusing interactions between the couples. Many of the images in this exhibition capture affection that is, in the artist’s words, “loaded, layered, complicated, or unrequited.” Yet the couples are willing to endure this discomfort in an attempt to retain a friendship with their former lover, and not cut off contact entirely.

Herman holds an MFA in Visual Arts/Photography from The University of Chicago, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan. Her work has been exhibited nationwide, including at such galleries as Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, WA; Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO; Photo-Four Gallery at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL; and H.J. Johnson Gallery at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, among others. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch, and participated in Review Santa Fe. She is currently a photography instructor at Columbia College in Chicago, IL; Dominican University in River Forest, IL; Evanston Art Center, and is an adjunct faculty member in the art department of South Suburban College in South Holland, IL.

Also on view at this time is the Transmedia Photography Annual exhibition. This exhibition features work by seniors and graduate students studying photography in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Transmedia Department.

Light Work will host a gallery reception on Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 5–7pm to celebrate these exhibitions.

Gallery hours for these exhibitions are Sunday to Friday, 10am–6pm, and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 315-443-1300. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Marion Parking Lot and Booth Garage.

Light Work invites groups and individuals to schedule tours and gallery talks of the exhibition and facility. Light Work is a non-profit, artist-run organization dedicated to the support of artists working in photography and electronic media. Light Work is a member of CMAC, the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers at Syracuse University.

For more information about any of these exhibitions, please contact Jessica Heckman at Light Work, 315-443-1300 or
**Digital press images and image information from both exhibitions are available upon request.

As It Happens special event

If you’re in NYC on Thursday, January 14, 2010, make sure to stop by for a special event at Palitz Gallery. Currently on view there is the exhibition As It Happens, which celebrates the Light Work Artists-in-Residence program. The show features work by recent residents, including Kelli Connell, Christine Osinski, Lisa M. Robinson, Kerry Skarbakka, Amy Stein, Krista Steinke, and Marla Sweeney, among many others. The reception starts at 6, and then at 6:30 David Ross and Light Work Executive Director Jeffrey Hoone will be in conversation about Light Work and its renowned residency program, supporting artists, and recent developments in photography.

If you can’t make it on the 14th, the exhibition will be on view until February 11.

Image: Amy Stein, Peri, Route 64, Outside Lexington, Kentucky, 2005

As It Happens
Lubin House: Palitz Gallery
11 East 61st Street, NYC

We're going to LA

Happy new year from all of us at Light Work! We’re starting out the year with preparations for photo LA, which will be held this year at the Santa Monica Civic Center from January 14-17. We’ll be there, along with an impressive list of other exhibitors, in support of our mission and our 2010 Subscription Program. We’re looking forward to seeing friends we made at photo MIAMI as well as to making some new ones. Many thanks to Stephen Cohen for making it possible for us to participate! Stop by the Light Work booth and also make sure you take advantage of the wonderful programming that’s been planned around the fair.