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Light Work’s Online Benefit Auction: Nov. 25 – Dec. 10 on Paddle8

 

Light Work is pleased to partner with Paddle8 to launch an online benefit auction of limited-edition prints and signed books. The auction runs from Nov. 25 through Dec. 10, 2014. All proceeds benefit Light Work, and support our mission of supporting emerging and under-represented artists working in photography.

For this unique online auction, we have invited guest curator Andy Adams (Editor, FlakPhoto) to hand select prints from Light Work’s Fine Print Program. Each of the prints at auction are framed and ready to hang. All lots include an annual subscription to Contact Sheet. Bidding begins between $200 and $1,500.

This auction is a great opportunity to contribute to Light Work’s mission and receive a collectible work of art, that will last generations, in return. Your support is the gift that keeps on giving. Additionally, great art for a great cause makes for very memorable holiday presents for loved ones (or yourself).

The auction includes works by Carrie Mae Weems, Dawoud Bey, Christian Patterson, Kelli Connell, Doug DuBois, Lucas Foglia, Ann Hamilton, Leslie Hewitt, Mark Klett, Shane Lavalette, Deana Lawson, Raymond Meeks, Duane Michals, Andrea Modica, Mark Steinmetz, William Wegman, James Welling, and more!

We thank you, as always, for your continued support of the hundreds of artists that have called Light Work home over the past forty-one years. With your support, we will continue to do this valuable work for many more years to come. Thank you.

 Please visit our auction to view all lots, and start your bidding!

Andy Adams

Andy Adams is an independent producer + publisher whose work blends digital communication, online audience engagement, and web-based creative collaboration to explore current ideas in photography and visual media. He is the editor of FlakPhoto, a website that promotes the discovery of photographic image-makers from around the world. In his spare time, he hosts FlakPhoto Network, an online community focused on conversations about photo/arts culture.

Andy Adams

Andy Adams on Photography, Supporting Working Artists, and Light Work’s Benefit Auction

Light Work invited Andy Adams, Editor of FlakPhoto, to curate our first ever online Benefit Auction through Paddle8. On occasion of the auction’s launch, we spoke with him about photography, supporting working artists, and his selection process. The auction runs from Nov. 25 – Dec. 10 and features a variety of limited-edition prints and signed photobooks. Read the conversation with Andy with below, then check out the auction.

 

Light Work: You clearly understand the importance of supporting artists and their work. Can you talk about some of your motivations for FlakPhoto and the work you do to give exposure to artists working today?

Andy Adams: It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been producing FlakPhoto for nearly a decade. The project has evolved steadily over the course of the past ten years but my goals have stayed the same — to bring attention to photographic image-makers whose work I admire and to provide a place for people who care about photography to come together to celebrate its various forms. This is a thrilling moment for photo/arts culture. I don’t think there’s been a better time to be into pictures.

We’re happy you’re such a fan of non-profit photography centers. Can you talk about some of the reasons you support organizations like Light Work?

The work you do for photographers is inspiring and incredibly important. It’s not easy to be a working artist. Places like Light Work are sanctuaries for creativity. Making time to do the work — to find a project’s focus — is more than half the battle. For artists, the opportunity to explore and realize ideas in the company of creative colleagues is a gift. Residency programs like Light Work’s are essential for visual artists.

Raymond Meeks,  Lara, Nova Scotia

Raymond Meeks, Lara, Nova Scotia, 2013

What are some of your favorite prints in Light Work’s Fine Print Program? Which would you love to have up on your wall?

There are so many — I’ve selected some of my favorites for the Paddle8 auction. I love this Raymond Meeks picture, is it his daughter? Who’s she running to (or is it someone she’s running from)? The Susan Worsham and Elijah Gowin prints would make a surprisingly perfect diptych: those hands are wonderful! These women will make sure everything turns out all right, I’m sure of it. I’ve been looking at the Christian Patterson pictures for days — I’m a sucker for bold expressions of color. Light Work has one hell of a print collection.

Christian Patterson,  Prarie Grass Leak

Christian Patterson, Prarie Grass Leak, 2009

You’ve made an exciting selection of signed books for the auction. How did you go about selecting them?

Easy. They’re books I’d like to own! Nathan Lyons’ Return Your Mind to Its Upright Position is on my holiday wish list and you can’t go wrong with John Gossage. I can vouch for Keliy Anderson-Staley’s On A Wet Boughit is terrific. I can’t really help myself—the others will end up in my home library soon enough. It’s only a matter of time.

Photobook Lot, curated by Andy Adams

Photobook Lot, curated by Andy Adams

Andy Adams is an independent producer + publisher whose work blends digital communication, online audience engagement, and web-based creative collaboration to explore current ideas in photography and visual media. He is the editor of FlakPhoto, a website that promotes the discovery of photographic image-makers from around the world. In his spare time he hosts the FlakPhoto Network, an online community focused on conversations about photo/arts culture. Visit Light Work’s Benefit Auction at www.paddle8.com/auctions/lightwork

Jen Davis' Self-Portraits on Flak Photo

Light Work teams up with Flak Photo again to launch a gallery of Jen DavisSelf-Portraits accompanied by a short essay by Light Work Director Hannah Freiser, both of which were originally published in Contact Sheet 165 (the catalog produced in conjunction with the Light Work exhibition looking & looking, photographs by Jen Davis and Amy Elkins).

Be sure to see the gallery online, and if you haven’t already become a subscriber to Contact Sheet to support Light Work’s program and receive beautiful publications in return!

Amy Elkins' Elegant Violence on Flak Photo

Light Work teams up with Flak Photo this weekend to launch a gallery of Amy ElkinsElegant Violence portraits accompanied by a short essay by Light Work Associate Director Shane Lavalette, both of which were originally published in Contact Sheet 165 (the catalog produced in conjunction with the Light Work exhibition looking & looking, photographs by Amy Ekins and Jen Davis).

Be sure to see the gallery online, and if you haven’t already become a subscriber to Contact Sheet to support Light Work’s program and receive beautiful publications in return!

VIDEO: Photo 2.0 – Online Photographic Thinking

Photo 2.0 – Online Photographic Thinking
Photographers + Publishing: SPE Joint Regional Conference
Hosted by Light Work

Panel discussion with Andy Adams (moderator)
Molly Landreth, Amy Stein and Phillip Toledano

Filmed: Saturday, November 5, 2011

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After watching the video, take some time to read Andy’s Photo 2.0 essay. Feel free to start a conversation on this post, or on Light Work’s Facebook page.

Nov. 5 Live Stream of Photo 2.0 and John Gossage

We will be live streaming two fantastic talks from the SPE Regional Conference, both of which will be available to watch here on Saturday, November 5th.

UPDATE: Thanks to those who watched the live stream here. The player has now been removed, but video of each of these talks will be posted on the blog soon!

4:30 – 5:45pm EST
Photo 2.0 — Online Photographic Thinking
Panel discussion with Andy Adams (moderator)
Molly Landreth, Amy Stein and Philip Toledano

7:30 – 8:30pm EST
Featured Speaker John Gossage

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In addition to the blog, tune into Light Work’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the conference.

Deana Lawson is today's Flak Photo

Andy Adams over at Flak Photo has chosen Sharon, 2007, by Deana Lawson, as today’s featured image. It couldn’t be better timing – the reception for Deana Lawson: Corporeal is tonight at Light Work from 5-8pm.

Flak Photo has a reputation as one of the best places online to enjoy exciting new photography. The site connects international audiences to online art experiences and promotes the discovery of photographers from around the world. Produced by Andy Adams, Flak Photo provides unique opportunities for artists and photo organizations to share new work, book projects, gallery exhibitions, and event updates with a global photography audience.

Check out Flak Photo’s daily updates, and definitely stop by the Corporeal reception tonight if you’re in the area.