Great Cause. Great Art. Light Work’s mission is to provide direct support to artists working in photography and related media through residencies, publications, exhibitions, and a community-access lab facility. Our Fine Print Program, which features striking limited-edition, signed prints, is an accessible way to expand your art collection while championing our mission of offering opportunities to emerging, under-recognized, and historically excluded artists.
2022 Benefactors Offer
Benefactors Offer: Contributors of $1,500 will receive Abelardo Morell’s image from the Master Print Edition, all three prints in our Fine Print Program Atong Atem, Sharon Harper, and Meryl Meisler, and a signed copy of Dairy Character by Odette England. In total, a $2,005 value! By participating you will save on the cost of the prints and book, and receive a one-year subscription to Contact Sheet.
Individual prints may also be purchased in the Light Work Shop
2022 Master Print Edition
Abelardo Morell’s images reveal the extraordinary in the familiar. Morell writes, “The pictures I made around the house when I first became a father have influenced much of the work that I do today―from looking at a book with the curiosity of a child to turning ordinary rooms into giant cameras. ”The image Camera Obscura – Late Afternoon View of the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, 2014 is one example of his prolific series, Camera Obscura. “Over time, this project has taken me from my living room to all sorts of interiors around the world. One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside.”
2022 Fine Print Program
Atong Atem is a South Sudanese artist and writer from Bor now living in Narrm (unceded Aboriginal land outside Melbourne, Australia). Atem’s photos explore the experiences of young immigrants, and how they knit together the different cultures that surround them. She focuses on migrant narratives, postcolonial practices in the diaspora, the relationship between public and private spaces, and identity through portraiture. Her distinctive artistic practice combines both photography and hand painting, incorporating bold color and pattern inspired by her South Sudanese background. Atem recently exhibited at Brisbane Powerhouse Museum, where she won the inaugural MELT Portrait Prize. Atem participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in June 2018.
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Sharon Harper’s work explores technology and perception. She uses photography and video experimentally to create poetic connections between ourselves and the environment. Permanent collections that hold Harper’s work include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, Denver Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art/New York City, Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, The New York Public Library, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, the Meredith S. Moody Residency Fellowship and the Elizabeth Ames Residency Fellowship at Yaddo, and the Sam and Dusty Boynton Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.
Reclining in tree by Goddard Riverside Community Center NY, NY, June 1978
Archival inkjet print, 8 x 8″ on 11 x 14″ paper
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist
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Meryl Meisler was born 1951 in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island, NY. Meisler frequented and photographed the legendary New York City discos. A 1978 CETA Artist Grant supported her portfolio on Jewish identity. Upon retiring from 31 years as a New York City public school art teacher, she began releasing previously unseen work, including her books, A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick (Bizarre, 2014), Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City (Bizarre, 2015) and New York PARADISE LOST: Bushwick Era Disco (forthcoming 2021). Meisler has received support from Artists Space, CETA, China Institute, Japan Society, LMCC, Leonian Foundation, Light Work, NYFA, Puffin Foundation, VCCA, and Yaddo. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, Dia Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, New Museum, New York Historical Society, and Whitney Museum. Collections that hold her work include AT&T, American Jewish Congress, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Brooklyn Historical Society, Columbia University, Emory University, Islip Art Museum, Library of Congress, Pfizer, and Reuters. Meisler lives in New York City and Woodstock, NY. ClampArt represents her work.
2021 Book Collectors Offer
Dairy Character (SIGNED)
Dairy Character is a loose chronicle of England’s experience growing up on a rural dairy farm in southern Australia. Combining recent photographs, family snapshots, archival images, and autobiographical short stories, England examines the male-dominated farming community where she was raised and the gender-based repression that rural women and girls experience. Her images and texts evoke a girl introduced to reproductive labor at an early age. A girl who wanted a pink room. A girl fenced in by interconnecting forms of vulnerability. A girl who had a cow named after her. Odette England is the recipient of the 2021 Light Work Photobook Award.
Contact Sheet Subscription
5 Printed Issues Per Year
2022 Subscriptions include issues 210-214. Product image for illustration purposes only.
Contact Sheet is where lovers of photography, from museum professionals to avid amateurs to collectors, turn to see the latest work by important emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. Contact Sheet is designed and printed in the tradition of fine art photography monographs and is completely commercial free. Many important photographers have been included in the early stages of their careers, including Cindy Sherman, Andres Serrano, Carrie Mae Weems, Suzanne Opton, Hank Willis Thomas, Lisa M. Robinson, and more.
A one-year subscription to Contact Sheet includes five issues. Four of the issues are single-artist catalogues featuring work that is exhibited in our main gallery. The fifth issue is The Light Work Annual, which features imagery by artists invited to participate in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program. The Light Work Annual is our biggest issue of the year, both in number of pages and the exposure it gives to our emerging artists.