Jeffrey Henson Scales on NYT Lens blog

Today’s New York Times Lens blog features the series That Year of Living by Jeffrey Henson Scales, whose exhibition of the same title will be on view in the Light Work Main Gallery until July 10. That Year of Living is comprised of images that were made in the year following Scales’ treatment for prostate cancer—what began as an exercise in the process of healing concluded in renewing his passion for engaging life on the street. The Lens has a great slide show of the work as well as an essay by Meg Henson Scales.

That Year of Living is also the subject of Contact Sheet 161.

Best of the Rest: Laura Heyman in The New Yorker

Check out this great notice for Laura Heyman’s exhibition Pa Bouje Ankò: Don’t Move Again in the latest issue of The New Yorker. The Palitz Gallery in New York City, where Don’t Move Again will be on be on view until June 16, is the location for the latest staging of this exhibition, which premiered in the Light Work Main Gallery in September 2010. Click here to read more about the show and to see more images from the project, which captures life in Haiti before and after the 2010 earthquake. Make sure to stop by the Palitz Gallery, at the Lubin House, before June 16 to see the prints in person if you’re in the area. You can also read about the work in Contact Sheet 158.

Above: Blondine Herard, Polycarpe Racine, Mariot Herard, Daschmine Herard, December 2009

Civil War exhibition at George Eastman House

The online edition of The Wall Street Journal featured the Civil War exhibition at the George Eastman House, giving high praise for Light Work artist William Earle Williams: “Only William Earle Williams hits the right notes. His precise black-and-white photographs depict landscapes where black soldiers fought. Weeds have grown over these ditches and bulwarks where no plaque or monument was ever erected. But 150 years later the war is still visible in the scarred earth.” We love Willie’s work. We exhibited the images in a solo exhibition Unsung Heroes: African American Soldiers in the Civil War that started in Light Work’s Main Gallery in 2007 and went to multiple other venues from there. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue, Contact Sheet 140.

Unsung Heroes Series

William Earle Williams
Earthworks, Fort Pillow, Tennessee, 1999

The exhibition at the George Eastman House, titled Still Here: Contemporary Artists and the Civil War, will be on view through June 12, 2011. In addition to Willie Williams, the exhibition includes Light Work artist Oscar Palacio, who spent his residency refining some of the photographs now on view in Rochester. His image of a canon barrel (Untitled, from the series History Re-visited) makes quite an impression when visitors first enter the exhibition.