Entries by Staff

Long Read: Interview with Poulomi Basu

“I owe it to the women who have opened themselves up to me. I want them to know that we are fighting this oppression together. And we are doing this with agency. Our collective voice of resistance.” Content note: contains a personal narrative of domestic violence  Poulomi Basu’s work advocates for the rights of marginalised […]

A Conversation with Pacifico Silano

Pacifico Silano uses photographs from vintage gay pornography magazines to make colorful collages that explore print culture and the histories of the LGBTQ+ community. His works are generally large scale, evoking strength and sexuality along with the underlying repression and trauma that many marginalized individuals experience. Silano was born at the height of the AIDS […]

In Solidarity: A Letter to Our Community

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.   Dear Light Work Community,   It has been an exhausting, sorrowful, and deeply troubling week. Whether you are here in Syracuse, in cities and communities across the United States, or watching from afar the unrest and outrage that the police killing […]

Mark McKnight Receives 2020 Light Work Photobook Award

With great pleasure, we announce that Los Angeles-based artist Mark McKnight is the recipient of the annual 2020 Light Work Photobook Award for his monograph, Heaven is a Prison. Loose Joints and Light Work will co-publish the book this year. Light Work gives the Photobook Award annually to an artistic project that deserves international attention. […]

Make the Now Count: Support Light Work on #GivingTuesdayNow

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity set for May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented needs that COVID-19 has caused. In celebration of this day of giving, we are reaching out for support. For more than 40 years, Light Work has been a leading artist-run organization, providing much-needed […]

Re:Collection / Memoriam: Cjala Surratt on John Pfahl

“Strangers with puzzled looks were amazingly cooperative in letting me into their rooms with my photographic gear. They let me take down the curtains, wash the windows, and rearrange the furniture. Often, too, they expressed their desire to share their view with others, as if it were a nondepletable treasure. I liked the idea that […]

John Pfahl (1939-2020)

Stuart Rome, a Light Work artist-in-residence in 1978 shares memoriam tribute to his dear friend John Pfhal. Pfahl passed on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, due to pre-existing medical conditions complicated by COVID-19. He was 81. — One of the saddest and most difficult jobs has got to be writing an obituary for a dear friend — […]

Re:Collection: Dionne Lee on Susan Brodie

Visitors to our website are invited to explore thousands of photographic works and objects from the Light Work Collection in our online database that expands access of work by former Light Work artists to students, researchers, and online visitors. To coincide with the our collection website launch, we’re introducing a series on our blog called […]

Bob Burdick­: My Photo History and Interest

I started photography as a teen. First using a 35mm camera with an internal image screen to help estimate exposure, I explored everything. Then using a black-and-white processing tank for developing negatives, and paper exposure from negatives, I made contact prints. Without an enlarger, I was the only one to enjoy images in that small […]

Listen to the Light Work Podcast. Today’s Artists. On Photography.

Dear friends of Light Work, I hope everyone is continuing to keep safe and healthy during these unusual times. We’ve been working hard over the past weeks to develop more online content while we are closed to the public, and today we’re happy to launch the Light Work Podcast! Find the Light Work Podcast on the most popular podcast streaming services! We will roll it out to more streaming […]