Artists On The Light Work Experience: Jim Stone

This is the third piece of our multi-part blog installment featuring a photographic artist, and previous Light Work Artist-In-Residence. This week we hear from Jim Stone

How did your residency experience at Light Work influence your work? What progress did you make while here?

As a result of Light Work’s support I was able to make a significant body of new work, prints from which ended up in museum collections across the country and internationally.

How did your residency experience at Light Work influence your career? What came next?

My residency led directly to the 1993 monograph “Stranger Than Fiction” that was for Light Work, I believe, a kind of model for future collaborative mid-career projects. Although it is impossible to quantify, I cannot overstate the importance of Light Work’s sponsorship on my career.

Jim Stone turned to photography while studying engineering at MIT. His photographs have been exhibited and published internationally, and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others. Six of his books, A User’s Guide to the View Camera, Darkroom Dynamics, A Short Course in Photography and A Short Course in Digital Photography (with Barbara London), Photography and Photography, the Essential Way (London, Stone, Upton), are in wide and continued use for university-level courses, and there have been three artist’s books published of his photographs, Stranger Than Fiction (Light Work, 1993), Historiostomy (Piltdown Press, 2001), and Why My Pictures are Good (Nazraeli Press, 2005).

Stone has received awards from the Massachusetts Arts Council, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The San Francisco Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was the editor of Polaroid’s Newsletter for Photographic Education, and taught formerly at the Rhode Island School of Design and Boston College. Currently he is Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico.

Find a signed monograph by Jim Stone for sale in the Light Work Shop.

Stay tuned for next week’s feature, with Susan Worsham.

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