Amy Elkins' Elegant Violence on Flak Photo

Light Work teams up with Flak Photo this weekend to launch a gallery of Amy ElkinsElegant Violence portraits accompanied by a short essay by Light Work Associate Director Shane Lavalette, both of which were originally published in Contact Sheet 165 (the catalog produced in conjunction with the Light Work exhibition looking & looking, photographs by Amy Ekins and Jen Davis).

Be sure to see the gallery online, and if you haven’t already become a subscriber to Contact Sheet to support Light Work’s program and receive beautiful publications in return!

Spring Sale! Signed Copies of Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies

Spring has arrived, and to celebrate we want to offer our online followers a great deal on signed copies of Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies. Usually $75, the book is now just $50 (a savings of 33%!). If you order now, we will also give you a FREE Contact Sheet Subscription (a value of $40!). Order in the next two weeks to take advantage of this offer.

About the book:

Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies represents a comprehensive look at the artist’s career over the past thirty years. As Carrie Mae Weems describes, “During the past twenty-five years, I have worked toward developing a complex body of art that has at various times employed photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and, most recently, video. My work has led me to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems. Despite the variety of my explorations, throughout it all it has been my contention that my responsibility as an artist is to work, to sing for my supper, to make art, beautiful and powerful, that adds and reveals; to beautify the mess of a messy world, to heal the sick and feed the helpless; to shout bravely from the roof-tops and storm barricaded doors and voice the specifics of our historic moment.” The book includes essays by Elvira Dyangani Ose, Annie E. Coombes, and Greg Tate.

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Alexander Gronsky: Pastoral

Alexander Gronsky—Pastoral
Exhibition Dates: March 19–May 31, 2012
Gallery Reception: Tuesday, March 27, 5–7 pm

Light Work is pleased to announce the exhibition Pastoral, featuring landscape photographs by photographer Alexander Gronsky. The photographs were taken along the outlying areas of Moscow where the human need to find solace away from the city collides with urban sprawl, and the fragility of nature.

Alexander Gronsky (b.1980, Estonia) started working as a freelance photographer in 1999 and joined the Agency in 2003. His considerable exhibition record includes solo exhibitions at in Moscow, Russia; Foam Museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Aperture Gallery in New York, NY; the Kempinski Lufthansa Center in Beijing, China; Fotomuseo in Bogotá, Columbia; Foto Art Festival in Bielsko-Biala, Poland; and Ville de Levallois in the City of Levallois, France. Group exhibitions include the Tampere Art Museum in Tampere, Finland; the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, Australia; Polka Galerie in Paris, France; FotoLeggendo 2010 in Rome, Italy; FotoWeek in Washington, DC; and Art+Art Gallery in Moscow, Russia. His images can be viewed at

Support for this exhibition was provided through the New York Stat Council on the Arts and Syracuse University. Special thanks to FotoFest in Houston, TX, and the Iris Art Foundation in Moscow, Russia.

Also on view at the time is the exhibition Wounding the Black Male, featuring photographs from the LIght Work Collection. The exhibition was co-curated by Cassandra Jackson and Sarah Cunningham, both from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. The Annual Student Invitational exhibition will be on view in the Light Work Lounge, and the Transmedia Photography Annual will be on view at the Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery in Schine Student Center.

Light Work invites groups and individuals to schedule tours and gallery talks of the exhibition and facility. Light Work is a nonprofit, 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, please contact Jessica Reed at Light Work, 315-443-1300 or

2012 Light Work Student Invitational Exhibition

Dan Wetmore, Best of Show, 2012 Light Work Student Invitational

Congratulations to those students selected to be exhibited in the 2012 Light Work Student Invitational, as juried by Jörg Colberg (Publisher/Editor, Conscientious):

Martin Biando, Marielle Brown, Lena Budd, Julia Ferrier, Amy Francisco, Andrew Frost, Erin Geideman, Lana Hijazi, Robert Hopkins, Benjamin Jackson, Lauren Jones, Stephanie Keefe, Sarah Kinslow, Joe Lingeman, Alexandra Marino, Sarah O’Connell, Fernando Perez, Gabriela Perez, Matthew Pevear, Alice Plati, Nick Pray, Teddi Raifaisen, Casey Rosen, Jessica Scarfo, Deanna Smith, Alyssa Stone, Chris Trigaux, and Dan Wetmore.

Best of Show: Dan Wetmore
Honorable Mentions: Julia Ferrier, Erin Geidman, Fernando Perez, and Alice Plati

View selected work from the exhibition and read Jörg Colberg’s statement online here.

Be sure to stop by Light Work to see the full selection of images!

2012 Light Work Student Invitational
March 19 – May 31, 2012
Reception: Tuesday, March 27, 5-7pm

Light Work Hallway LCD Screen
Robert B. Menchel Media Center
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse, NY

There's No Stopping LaToya Ruby Frazier

We’re pleased to see Syracuse University MFA graduate LaToya Ruby Frazier receiving such great recognition for her intelligent and emotional work. From her feature on Art 21 (see the video below) to her current inclusion in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, LaToya continues to inspire!

Jen Davis and Amy Elkins in print

Contact Sheet 165, featuring Jen Davis and Amy Elkins, is available through Light Work now. Subscribers should have already received their catalogue. Contact Sheet 165 showcases the work of both artists in a unique dos-à-dos binding (more accurately called tête-bêche). One side of the catalogue features the cover for Jen Davis and a portfolio of images from her Self-Portraits series. Flip the book around and the other side features a cover for Amy Elkins and a portfolio of images from her Elegant Violence series. This catalogue includes essays by Hannah Frieser and Shane Lavalette.

Not a subscriber yet? See our online store for multiple subscription levels, starting from a free limited trial subscription to print collector levels. The catalogue is also available for individual sale ($12).

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