Light Work at The Photography Show 2017, Presented by AIPAD

Light Work is proud to exhibit at the longest-running exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium, The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, March 30 – April 2, 2017 at Pier 94 in New York City.

Find us at The Photography Show to view and purchase limited-edition prints from our Fine Print Program, as well as a selection of signed photobooks. All purchases will begin or renew your subscription to Contact Sheet!

For a preview of what we’ll be showing, visit our profile on Artsy.

See you soon, NYC!

Gallery Talk: Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

Join our current exhibiting artist Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa for an informal gallery talk about his exhibition One Wall a Web and his role in curating and jurying The Trouble with Flesh: New Work by MFA Candidates.

Stanley will speak Friday, December 2 at 5pm and there will be time for questions and conversation following.

RSVP on the Facebook event here.

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa’s One Wall a Web is an exhibition that gathers together work from two discrete photographic series that he made in the United States: Our Present Invention (2012–2014) and All My Gone Life (2014–2016). Both the series and the exhibition draw their titles from the poetry of Muriel Rukeyser. One Wall a Web not only explores the mutability of archival images, but the ongoing presence of history in the present day. According to Wolukau-Wanambwa, the exhibition attempts to address “the normalcy of fear, separateness and violence in a moment suffused by them, but also in a culture riven by the habitually limited prescriptions of images.”

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa is a photographer, writer, and editor of The Great Leap Sideways. He has contributed essays to catalogues and monographs by Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, and Paul Graham, written for Aperture magazine, and is a faculty member in the photography department at Purchase College, SUNY. Wolukau-Wanambwa participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in May 2015.

Find Light Work at NY Art Book Fair and VSW Pub Fair 2015

Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair 2015
22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
September 18-20, 2015

Find Light Work at Booth V02!

Light Work is pleased to participate in this year’s NY Art Book Fair.

Come visit our table for a selection of SIGNED photobooks and collectible, limited-edition prints by artists. We’ll have a few special books and prints for sale at the fair, which are not available otherwise.

If you visit us, mention the date “1973” (the year we started supporting artists!) and we’ll give you a 10% discount on any purchase.

As a perk of the fair, all signed book and print purchases will include a complimentary one-year subscription to our publication Contact Sheet.


VSW Pub Fair
Visual Studies Workshop
31 Prince St, Rochester, NY 14607
September 26, 2015 from 12-6pm

Light Work is also happy to participate in this year’s VSW Pub Fair.

The third annual Pub Fair will bring together book artists, photographers, independent publishers, and DIYers to exhibit their work in a unique market showcasing the gamut of what publishing can be. Artist’s books, photobookworks, magazines, zines, digital publishing as well as resources for all of these will be on hand to peruse and purchase.

Did we mention food trucks on the lawn and beer inside? See you there.

Lecture and Panel Discussion in Conjunction with Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989)

Light Work is pleased to announce a lecture and panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition of Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989).

Join us on Thursday, September 17th — the exhibition reception begins at 5:00pm in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery and panel/lecture begins at 6:15pm in Watson Theater at Light Work, Robert B. Menschel Media Center, 316 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse, NY.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode was a Nigerian-born photographer, who moved to England at the age of twelve to escape the Nigerian Civil War. Through his photography he explored the tensions created by sexuality, race and culture. The lecture/panel will be presented and moderated by M. Neelika Jayawardane, and includes guest speakers Remi Onabanjo, Elliot Ross, and Derica Shields.

M. Neelika Jayawardane is associate professor of English at the State University of New York-Oswego, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She is a senior editor and contributor to the online magazine, Africa is a Country. Jayawardane was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in the Copperbelt Province in Zambia, and completed her university education in the United States. Her academic publications focus on the nexus between South African literature, photography, and the transnational/transhistorical implications of colonialism and apartheid on the body.

Remi Onabanjo is a Nigerian-born curator and art critic. She holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and is pursuing an MPhil in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at Oxford University. Raised in South Africa, Tanzania and the USA, she has assisted with exhibitions at the Museum of African Design (Johannesburg, South Africa) and with No Longer Empty (New York City, USA), curated group exhibitions in New York City, and is currently assisting with exhibitions at The Walther Collection and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her research interests are concerned with the photographic archive, the legacies of African art objects in museum collections, and gender and sexuality in contemporary art of Africa and the African diaspora.

Elliot Ross is a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and holds graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Columbia University. He was Fulbright-Alistair Cooke Scholar for 2010, and his writing on politics, culture and literature has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, Guernica and The London Review of Books. He is senior editor at Africa is a Country, a web magazine of African political and cultural affairs. Elliot’s current research examines colonial reparations claims and questions of narrative.

Derica Shields is a writer, editor, and film curator from London who lives in New York. Her research interests include black diasporic literature, visual art, film, and futurisms. In 2013, she co-founded The Future Weird, a screening series where she brings together experimental films by black and brown directors with archival clips to curate screenings-cum-visual essays. At London’s 2014 Frieze Art Fair, Derica gave a talk for Rhizome and the ICA on the black woman cyborg in 1990s music videos, an idea which she is currently expanding for Tank Magazine, and Girls Like Us. She is a contributing editor at The New Inquiry and a story editor at Rookie Mag, although her favourite job as an independent researcher for a feature film about black British migrants in 1950s and ’60s London. She holds a degree in English from Cambridge University, and an MA in Africana Studies from Cornell.

This event is free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with Autograph ABP, London.

“Building a Sustainable Practice” with Creative Capital’s Ruby Lerner

The Syracuse Symposium, whose theme this year is “Networks,” gets underway with a presentation by one of the nation’s premier arts leaders.

Ruby Lerner, president and executive director of Manhattan-based Creative Capital, will present Building a Sustainable Practice on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Watson Theatre of the Robert B. Menschel Media Center.

Her lecture is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Light Work, as well as the School of Art and the Department of Transmedia, both in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

“Ruby Lerner exemplifies the broad relevance of networks-specifically, their ability to offer new opportunities for collective action, artistic collaboration and alternative ways of thinking,” says Vivian May, director of the Humanities Center and associate professor of women’s and gender studies. “Her innovative work in cultural philanthropy has virtually re-defined the arts funding model.”

Lerner founded Creative Capital in 1999, largely in response to the National Endowment for the Arts’ shrinking support for individual arts. Since then, her organization has committed $35 million in financial and advisory support to 465 projects, representing some 580 artists, while its Professional Development Program has reached nearly 10,000 artists in over 400 communities.

Lerner is expected to discuss her signature four-pronged approach to arts funding: support the project, support the individual, build community and engage the public.

“Creative Capital began as an experiment to see how artists could benefit from the kind of opportunities afforded to entrepreneurs in other sectors,” she says. “Our pioneering system of supporting artists is inspired by the venture capital principles of building a long-term relationship with a project, providing funding at strategic moments and surrounding the project with critical resources, counsel and advisory services.”

For more information, call the Syracuse University Humanities Center
at 315-443-7192 or visit

Light Work at the PPAC Book Fair, May 18, 12-6pm


PPAC Book Fair
Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 12-6pm
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American Street #103, Philadelphia, PA
* FREE and open to the public

Please join us for the 4th annual Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair which will feature a number of local and national artists, publishers, and publishing projects. This is Philadelphia’s annual opportunity to purchase some of the most innovative image-based publications being created today.

Partial list of participants:

Printed Matter
MACK Books
Conveyor Arts
Sun System Press
ICA Philadelphia
Light Work
Vox Populi
Houseboat Press
Bryan Graf
Justin Kimball
Tom Young
Justin Audet
Dan Boardman
Lisa Kereszi
Dominic Episcopo
Stephanie Bursese

With titles available from:

Little Brown Mushroom
TBW Books
Spaces Corners / Ed Panar
Public Fiction
Daniel Shea
Brian Ulrich

+ more!

Find more information on the PPAC website.

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby present The Beauty is Relentless

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
Lecture, book signing and reception
Thursday, March 21, 7:30pm
Watson Theater, Syracuse University
FREE and open to the public

The literary post-punk short movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby have been tearing up the festival/gallery circuit for the past fifteen years with their blend of bedroom pop, perverse animations and hopes for fame. The Beauty is Relentless: The Short Movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby is a collection of award-winning scripts, creative writings and critical missives by scholars, video legends and animal experts – including Steve Reinke, Sarah Hollenberg, Akira Lippit, and Tom Sherman.

Praise for Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby’s work:

[Here] exists a kind of nakedness, a peeling away of propriety, a questioning of behavioral and social systems – and yet I find their work refreshingly playful and deeply generous.
– Deborah Stratman, University of Illinois at Chicago

Cooper Battersby (b. 1971, Penticton British Columbia, Canada) and fellow Department of Transmedia faculty member Emily Vey Duke (b. 1972, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada) have been working collaboratively since 1994. They work in printed matter, installation, curation and sound, but their primary practice is the production of single-channel video. Their work has been exhibited in galleries and at festivals in North and South America and throughout Europe, including the Walker Center (Minneapolis), The Banff Centre (Banff), The Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), YYZ (Toronto), The New York Video Festival (NYC), The European Media Arts Festival (Osnabruck), Impakt (Utrecht) and The Images Festival (Toronto). Their tape Being Fucked Up (2000) has been awarded prizes from film festivals in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Bad Ideas for Paradise (2002) was purchased for broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and for the libraries at Harvard and Princeton, and has won prizes from the NYExpo (NYC) and the Onion City festival (Chicago). I am a Conjuror (2004) has received prizes from the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Onion City Festival.

Susan Meiselas Lecture at Syracuse University


Susan Meiselas lecture
Tuesday, March 19, 7pm
Life Sciences Building 001, Syracuse University
FREE and open to the public

Susan Meiselas is an internationally known photographer and a member of Magnum Photos. She was made a MacArthur Fellow in 1992.Her coverage of the hostilities in Nicaragua earned her a medal for outstanding reportage from the Overseas Press Club in 1979. She has had one-woman shows in New York, London, and Paris. In 1982 she was named Photojournalist of the Year by the Association of Magazine Photographers and received the Leica Award for Excellence. She is the author of Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua: 1978-79, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Pandora’s Box, Encounters with the Dani, and In History. She co-edited El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers and Chile from Within.

In addition to her work in photography, she served as assistant editor on Frederick Wiseman’s classic documentary film Basic Training. Her photographs and writings about Nicaragua were also the source for the television film Voyages by Marc Karlin. Meiselas studied anthropology at Sarah Lawrence and has an MA in visual education from Harvard University.

Light Work/Community Darkrooms, the Department of Transmedia Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications’ department of Multimedia Photography and Design are pleased to present this lecture by renowned photographer Susan Meiselas. This lecture is sponsored through the Division of Student Affairs, Co-Curricular Fees.

Hidden in Plain Sight, Gallery Talk at Everson Museum of Art

Hidden in Plain Sight
Gallery talk with John Mannion and Sean Hovendick
November 15, 2012 at 6:30pm
Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Capturing poignant moments of the human experience and provocative environmental interventions, TONY: 2012 photographers John Mannion and Sean Hovendick will give a gallery talk to discuss their work and provide insight into how this medium invites us to reflect upon that which often goes unnoticed.

PPAC Book Fair – Saturday, May 5

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center will be hosting its Third Annual Book Fair this Saturday, May 5 from 12-6pm. A number of local, national and international presses, publishers and artists will be in attendance selling books, prints and other ephemera.

Visit Light Work’s table to find signed books and to subscribe to Contact Sheet!

PPAC Book Fair
May 5, 2012 from 12-6pm
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American Street #103
Philadelphia, PA

See you there!