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A New Chapter, A Warm Goodbye

Dear Light Work Community, Colleagues, and Friends, I’m writing today to let you know that I will be leaving my role as Director of Light Work in February in order to focus on the launch of Assembly—a new model and global platform supporting photographic artists. I am thrilled to be co-founding Assembly with Ashlyn Davis Burns […]

Call for Entries: 2021 Light Work Grants in Photography

Light Work is pleased to announce the 2021 Light Work Grants in Photography competition. Light Work began offering grants to CNY artists in 1975 to encourage the production of new photographic work in the region. Three $3,000 grants will be awarded to photographers who reside within an approximate 50-mile radius of Syracuse, N.Y. The recipients […]

UVP Marks Tenth Anniversary with State-of-the-Art Projector Upgrade

This summer, Light Work’s Urban Video Project projector went dark for a long-awaited equipment upgrade that was the culmination of years of fundraising and planning. This upgrade will make it possible for UVP to continue to present exhibitions by preeminent video artists from around the world. UVP is an essential international venue for the public […]

Light Work Lab Resumes Printing and Scanning Services for Photographers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Light Work Lab closed to the public in early March and then went on to move classes, workshops, and one-on-one training sessions entirely online. During the closure, Lab staff and our members worked remotely to imagine fresh ways to stay engaged and offer support to our photography community.  After months of […]

Light Work Receives $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded Light Work a $50,000 grant as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Light Work is one of 855 organizations that the NEA selected from 3,100 applicants nation-wide who requested $157 million with $45 million available in direct assistance. The non-matching funds […]

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 […]