Introducing Light Work’s 2016 Subscription Program

Great Cause / Great Art

We’re pleased to introduce our 2016 Subscription Program, offering you a variety of ways to grow your photography collection while supporting Light Work’s mission. This year, the subscription program features prints by Zanele Muholi from the Master Print Edition; prints by Paul D’Amato, Gregory Halpern, and Bill McDowell from the Fine Print Program; signed copies of My Last Day at Seventeen by Doug DuBois; and Contact Sheet subscriptions. All items are available individually, or together as part of the 2016 Benefactors Offer.

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2016 Benefactors Offer
Zanele Muholi, Paul D’Amato, Gregory Halpern, Bill McDowell, Doug DuBois + Contact Sheet

The Benefactor Offer represents an excellent way to further your collection, while supporting Light Work’s mission. Contributors of $1,500 will receive Zanele Muholi’s image from the Master Print Edition, all three prints in our Fine Print Program (Paul D’Amato, Gregory Halpern, and Bill McDowell), and a signed copy of My Last Day at Seventeen by Doug DuBois. In total, a $2,015 value! By participating in this category you will save on the cost of the prints and book, and receive a one-year subscription to Contact Sheet.


Zanele Muholi
Lerato Dumse, Syracuse, New York, 2015
Archival inkjet print, 14 x 9.66″ on 15 x 11″ paper
Shipped in a 20 x 16″ mat
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, and currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women as well as Inkanyiso, a forum for queer and visual activist media. Muholi’s self-proclaimed mission is “to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond.” This striking and intimate portrait of her long-time collaborator Lerato Dumse was made during her Light Work residency. Muholi studied at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg, and completed an MFA at Ryerson University, Toronto, in 2009. She has won numerous awards including the Ryerson Alumni Achievement Award; a Prince Claus Award; and the Casa Africa award for best female photographer. Her Faces and Phases series has been shown at Documenta 13, the South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale, Brooklyn Museum, among other venues. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her publication Faces and Phases: 2006-14 (Steidl/The Walther Collection, 2014). Muholi participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in August 2015.


Paul D’Amato
Girl in Rain, Chicago, 1991
Archival inkjet print, 11 x 13.65″ on 14 x 16.65″ paper
Shipped in a 16 x 20″ mat
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

Paul D’Amato was raised in Boston during the civil rights movement, which shaped his interest in making work about class, community and the simple drama of everyday life. After completing his MFA at Yale University, he moved to Chicago, and in 1988 began to photograph the Mexican communities on the south side of the city in the Pilsen neighborhood. D’Amato’s photographs are immersive and sensitive; the relationships he built over the years are immediately apparent in the uninhibited expressions of his subjects. “Kids finding a way to cool down during a hot summer in a neighborhood composed completely of bricks, asphalt, and concrete is common,” explains D’Amato about this photograph, one of his most iconic images. “It’s just that some moments and gestures can appear surprisingly profound.” D’Amato was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994, The Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy in 1998, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 2002. His monographs include Barrio: Photographs from Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and more recently We Shall (DePaul Art Museum, 2013). D’Amato participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in January 2016.

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Gregory Halpern
Untitled, 2014
Archival inkjet print, 12 x 9.6″ on 14 x 11″ paper
Shipped in a 18 x 14″ mat
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

Gregory Halpern’s beautiful and eerie photograph of a California fire captures an otherworldly landscape. “Watching the dry brush ignite, it seemed as if nothing would stop the flames,” Halpern recounts. “The scale was larger than anything I had ever seen, almost mythical.” Halpern has published three books of photographs, including A (J&L Books, 2011), Omaha Sketchbook (J&L Books, 2009), and Harvard Works Because We Do (Quantuck Lane, 2003). He is the editor, along with Jason Fulford, of The Photographer’s Playbook: Over 250 Assignments and Ideas (Aperture, 2014). Most recently he released East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Études Books, 2015), a collaborative book with Ahndraya Parlato. Halpern holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts, an currently teaches photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2014, he received a fellowship from Guggenheim Foundation. He is now working on a book of photographs from California (forthcoming from J&L Books). Halpern participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in August 2014.


Bill McDowell
Detail of Mr. Tronson, Farmer Near Wheelock, ND, 1936 (Russell Lee) / Detail of Untitled, Alabama, 1936 (Walker Evans), 2015
Archival inkjet print, 12.5 x 7.5″ on 11 x 17″ paper
Shipped unmatted, diptych of images as single print
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

Bill McDowell is a photographer living in Plattsburgh, New York. This diptych of two images is from his project Ground, a series of photographs taken from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) archive of “killed” negatives. These negatives that had been damaged with a hole punch by the FSA staff in the 1930s. McDowell’s sequence of photographs relates to land and agriculture, and is mediated by the manner in which the killed negative’s black hole abstracts subject, space, and time. With this, he creates a dense narrative connecting contemporary and Great Depression Americas. McDowell is the 2013 recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, and has received the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship, the New York Foundation on the Arts Photography Fellowship, as well as many other artist grants. McDowell’s photographs are represented in collections at the Yale University Art Gallery, the George Eastman Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. He is a professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Vermont. McDowell participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in 1995.


2016 Book Collectors Offer
My Last Day at Seventeen
Doug DuBois

Take advantage of the 2016 Book Collectors Offer. Order a signed copy of My Last Day at Seventeen by Doug DuBois and you will also receive a subscription to Contact Sheet (a $115 value) for only $75!

Light Work is pleased to offer signed copies of the ambitious second monograph by Doug DuBois, My Last Day at Seventeen. What began as a month-long residency in 2009 grew into a five-year project about youth, Ireland, and an exceptional group of young people from a few blocks of a housing estate in Russell Heights. The resulting photographs are an exploration into the promise and adventure of childhood with an eye toward its fragility and inevitable loss. Combining portraits, spontaneous encounters, and collaborative performances, the images of My Last Day at Seventeen exist in a delicate balance between documentary and fiction. A powerful follow-up to DuBois’ acclaimed first book, All the Days and Nights, this project provides an incisive examination of the uncertainties of growing up in Ireland today, while highlighting the unique relationship sustained between artist and subject.


Contact Sheet Subscription
One Year, Including Five Printed Issues

Subscribe to Contact Sheet and receive five printed issues of one of the longest-running art photography publications in the world. Showcasing contemporary photographers since 1977, Contact Sheet features artists who have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence and exhibition programs, alongside writing by some of the leading voices in the industry.

Explore limited-edition prints and signed books from previous years in the Light Work Shop.