Tony Gleaton (1948-2015)

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of photographer Tony Gleaton. Tony passed peacefully in his sleep on August 14, 2015.

Tony was a Light Work Artist-in-Residence in 1991, and since then his work has been featured in many of our exhibitions and publications. He returned to Syracuse countless times to continue working through his projects in the lab and often spoke of the ways in which his time at Light Work changed his career and life. It was our honor to work with Tony over the years and he will be missed.

We dedicate Contact Sheet 182: Light Work Annual 2015 to our dear friend Tony Gleaton, whose life and work is a testament to courage, humor, and generosity.

The Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts at University of New Mexico has established the Tony Gleaton Scholarship for their MFA in Photography program. It will support MFA students in photography as they document and reimagine perceptions of racial and cultural identity. We invite you to join in making a tribute to Tony Gleaton and his work documenting the African legacy in the Americas by contributing to the Tony Gleaton Scholarship fund.

Image: Julian, San Diego County, California (from The Black Route West), 2012