Special Events

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3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 20, 2019


Center for Creative Photography Auditorium

Senior Research Scientist Daniel Burge from the Image Permanence Institute will be presenting a lecture on Digital Print Preservation.  Topics to be covered will include definition of the term digital print, the history and technologies of the most common digital printers, the variety of possible formats, likely forms of deterioration, general recommendations for care, as well as suggested naming conventions and descriptive terminology for cataloging and other records.  Ample time will be given to answer all questions. This event in intended for anyone who needs to know how best to care for these modern objects including artists, curators, conservators, collection managers, exhibit preparations, catalogers, etc.​​

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LIGHT Gallery sign from 1018 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
LIGHT Gallery sign from 1018 Madison Avenue, New York, NY,  ​ ​ ​ Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: LIGHT Gallery Archive
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Noon Jan. 17, 2020 to Noon Jan. 19, 2020


Center for Creative Photography Gallery

Programming from the Legacies of LIGHT can now be viewed in a playlist on our Youtube channel here


The CCP symposium Legacies of LIGHT is underwayOrganized in conjunction with the exhibition The Qualities of LIGHT: The Story of a Pioneering New York City Photography Gallery, this three-day, multi-faceted symposium uses the immense influence of LIGHT, a contemporary fine-art photography gallery that operated in the 1970s and 1980s, as a starting point for a larger discussion about photography. The discussion will explore the trajectory of the photographic medium, photography's communities and institutions, and the photography/art market in the United States. LIGHT was the first gallery exclusively dedicated to the promotion, exhibition, and sale of contemporary photographers' work, and supported a market for contemporary photography by treating the medium as a serious art form. The symposium, Legacies of LIGHT, combines invited presentations with panel discussions in which the story of how LIGHT was realized, the impact that it made on photography, and what it means in today's field will be the subject of lively conversation.

The weekend opens on Friday (January 17) with an afternoon of behind-the-scenes tours, a keynote that will trace the role occupied by LIGHT since the 1970s, and a cocktail reception. Saturday (January 18) features a full-day program that addresses the context of LIGHT and its relationship to photography's current moment. The day concludes with a film screening of a new short documentary, by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, that explores the founding and philosophy of LIGHT, followed by an exhibition opening at Etherton Gallery. Sunday (January 19) consists of a morning of moderated panel discussions that bring together LIGHT's communities to reflect on the weekend's proceedings. The weekend concludes with a celebration of LIGHT founding director Harold Jones and a brunch co-presented by The University of Arizona School of Art.

Legacies of LIGHT is now sold out! A live stream of the entire symposium (with the exception of the film) will be available on the Center’s YouTube channel. For those in New York City, The School of Visual Arts, MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media will host a public streaming of the symposium on Saturday January 18 starting at 9:00 AM at 214 East 21st Street. For more information visit the public streaming event page here.

The "Honoring Harold Jones" program is sold out. If you are interested in overflow seating, please contact Meg Hagyard here



Friday, January 17  

9:00 AM
Symposium registration begins in the CCP Lobby  

2:00PM - 4:30PM
Behind-the-scenes CCP building tours will be given every twenty minutes to symposium attendees and participants.
Friday Evening

An introduction to the weekend’s topics, on LIGHT, the art/photography market, and the intersections of past and present.  

Introductions: Anne Breckenridge Barrett, Associate Vice President of the Arts for University of Arizona and Director of the Center for Creative Photography, will welcome all symposium attendants and describe the spirit and nature of the presentations to come.

Keynote: Britt Salvesen, Curator and Head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints and Drawings Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will present an overview about how LIGHT, and its moment of the 1970s and early 1980s, fit into a larger trajectory of the development of the medium in the US through the 20th century, and how it relates to the present moment and the current photography/art market.

Conversation and Q&A: Britt Salvesen; Charles Traub, photographer, Chair, MFA Photography and Related Media Department, School of Visual Arts, and former director of LIGHT; and Fern Schad, a steady presence at LIGHT and widow of LIGHT founder Tennyson Schad, will engage in a discussion about Traub and Schad’s experiences working at LIGHT and thoughts about how the present moment in the photography field is influenced by, similar to, and different from the time of LIGHT.  The audience will be invited to share their perceptions and questions of these different points in the history of the medium and the market.

7:15PM - 8:30PM


Saturday, January 18

Two presentations, paired with a conversation and an extensive Q&A forum, considering LIGHT, its spirit, and the 1970s and 1980s art world more broadly.

Introductions: Fern Schad will share a short reflection on her experience with LIGHT and introduce the morning’s speakers.

9:15AM - 9:45AM
Conversation: Two former employees of LIGHT’s earliest years at 1018 Madison Avenue, Marvin Heiferman, author and curator, and Sally Stein, Professor Emeritus at University of California Irvine, will discuss the spirit with which the gallery operated, why it was so pivotal to their lives, and how their work from the early 1970s looks from the perspective of today.

9:45AM - 10:15AM
Presentation one: Michal Raz-Russo, David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Associate Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, will talk about the type and significance of the work showed at LIGHT.  Drawn from the research conducted for her Master’s Thesis on LIGHT, for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she will focus on several exhibitions that took place at LIGHT in the early and mid-1970s.

10:15AM - 10:45AM
Presentation two: Andy Grundberg, art critic, curator, and educator will position LIGHT within the art world of the 1970s and 1980s.  Undertaken for a new book, How Photography Became Contemporary Art, Grundberg’s research includes a focused study of LIGHT.

11:00AM - Noon
Q&A: With moderator Rebecca Senf, chief curator of the Center for Creative Photography, the morning speakers will engage in a conversation with the audience about LIGHT and its time.

Noon - 1:30PM
Lunch Break

Saturday Afternoon

The afternoon's two panel discussions bring together a multi-disciplinary group of participants to reflect on photography’s communities in our globally-networked contemporary and on the emergent forms of oral storytelling about photography.

Introduction to the afternoon panel discussions.

1:45PM - 3:00PM
Panel discussion one: Engaging “Community”
One of LIGHT’s significant functions was to create a place where a photography community could meet, discuss ideas, feel a sense of camaraderie – in a word, commune.  In the last decades, the photographic community has vastly expanded and topics of discussion have shifted, resulting in multiple communities.  To explore its evolution, questions to be considered will be: How and where do we feel a sense of community in the present moment?  Do on-line platforms allow us to commune?  Is the sense of community weaker now? Or just as strong?  As we look ahead, how can we support the feeling of community that we want?

Moderated by Rick Wester, of Rick Wester Fine Art, and including Sarah Stolfa, photographer and President, Chief Executive Officer, and Artistic Director of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center; Alec Soth, photographer and book-maker; Dominique Luster, Charles “Teenie” Harris Archivist at the Carnegie Museum of Art; & Liz Allen, Director of the Arizona State University Northlight Gallery and SPE Executive Director.

3:15PM - 4:30PM
Panel discussion two: Valuing Story
The Center for Creative Photography holds the LIGHT Gallery archive, along with those of many of LIGHT’s artists, and includes an extensive oral history project initiated by Harold Jones as part of the Center’s Voices of Photography.  The CCP’s LIGHT Gallery research also involved long-form interviews, and the collection of visual material and testimonials. What is the power in storytelling? How have interviews, podcasts, Instagram, Twitter, and material culture augmented our understanding of culture, and ourselves?  How are these sources being archived, why, and how will their existence alter the process of history-telling?

Moderated by Meg Jackson Fox, the associate curator of academic and public programs, and Emily Una Weirich, the associate archivist for digital initiatives, at the Center for Creative Photography, and including Molly Garfinkel, Director of Place Matters, City Lore in New York; Matthew Grilli, Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at University of Arizona and Director of the Human Memory Lab;  Cassie Mey, Oral History Archivist of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; and Judy Natal, photographer and author.

5:00PM - 6:00PM
The evening kicks off with a film screening of the new documentary by Lisa Immordino Vreeland that combines archival documents, contemporary interviews, and historic footage to explore the significance and impact of LIGHT Gallery.  The screening will be followed by a conversation between the filmmaker and Anne Breckenridge Barrett.

7:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturday closes with the opening of Land Re-Form at Etherton Gallery (135 S 6th Ave, Tucson). Etherton presents four photographers: Michael Berman, Mark Klett, Frank Gohlke and Michael Mulno, whose work emboldens us to confront the land—its forms and breadth, its use and politics, and its exquisite challenges— while also examining the ongoing desire to understand our shared existence.

Sunday, January 19

The symposium concludes with a panel, featuring insights and reflections on the weekend’s conversations, and a program celebrating the career of Harold Jones.

Introductions: Anne Breckenridge Barrett, Associate Vice President of the Arts for University of Arizona and Director of the Center for Creative Photography, will frame Sunday’s panels and make connections between the weekend of conversations and the Center for Creative Photography.

9:45AM - 11:15AM
Panel discussion one: How LIGHT Illuminates
This discussion will feature insights from those who worked at LIGHT, as well as their reflections on conversations of the weekend.  These perspectives will help draw together the many threads and ideas that were raised over the previous days.  Conclusions and observations will also be welcomed from the audience.

Panelists include Peter MacGill of Pace/MacGIll, Laurence Miller of Laurence Miller Gallery, Rick Wester of Rick Wester Fine Art, photography dealer Susan Harder, and artists Jack Sal and JoAnn Verburg.

Honoring Harold Jones
Join us as we celebrate Harold Jones and hear from his friends and colleagues about how his dedication and commitment to the field of photography fueled the innovative spirit behind LIGHT, the earliest days at the Center for Creative Photography, and the creation of the studio photography program at the University of Arizona. We close the weekend with a lunch reception and “raise a glass” to Harold Jones. Co-presented by the University of Arizona School of Art. This event is sold out. 

Thank you to the supporters of Legacies of LIGHT!

Susan VonKersburg

Fern M. Schad

J W Kieckhefer Foundation

Jett and Julie Anderson

Tim Hagyard Long Realty

Christopher Herbert and Nancy Welch

University of Arizona School of Art

Richard Menschel

Glenn Willumson

Peter MacGill and Susan Paulsen MacGill 

Etherton Gallery

Center for Creative Photography Director's Circle- Learn more about the Director’s Circle here.



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Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California,
Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California,,  1927, © © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust,  Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: Ansel Adams Archive
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5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 2019

This event is now SOLD OUT! Please join us for Saturday's free Ansel Birthday Celebration at noon! More information on Saturday's event here


Join us for a reception to celebrate Ansel Adams. This event includes exclusive access to the Ansel Adams archive, a memorable conversation with National Parks Photographer Mark Burns, special one night only print viewing of Adams' photographs, and the first look at the Ansel Adams: Examples exhibition. Plus birthday inspired treats! 

This event is $30 for CCP members and $40 for the general public. Space is limited for this event. 

Not a member yet? Click here to learn more and join today!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Event sponsors:

Tim Hagyard, Long Realty Company
Western Photographic Historical Society
The Marshall Foundation
Zócalo Magazine



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Erika Sanchez
Erika Sanchez,  ​ ​ © Courtesy of and © B.A. Van Sise, 
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5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 31, 2019

Join us for a Members' Opening Reception for Portrait of Poetry

The Center for Creative Photography and the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona are delighted to collaborate to exhibit a captivating project by B.A. Van Sise in a celebration of the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth. Van Sise is a New York–based photographer with a lifelong love of poetry and a family lineage that traces back to seminal American poet Walt Whitman. Van Sise has undertaken an expansive and inventive poetry portraiture project. Beginning in 2015, he embarked on a quest to make portraits of American poets that reflect the diversity and vitality of today’s poetry scene. Each portrait is a creative endeavor in which the poet becomes more an actor than a model, performing a concept Van Sise has created based upon one of the author’s poems. These narratives sometimes relate closely to the text (which is presented alongside the photograph), while at other times the connection is more abstract. The resulting “portraits” are at once a likeness of the poet, an evocation of the poem, and a presentation of a visual narrative fashioned by the photographer. 

The exhibition will feature 70 photographs showcasing the breadth of American poetry today and one video portrait, including a who’s who of Pulitzer Prize winners, Poet Laureates, and Chancellors of the Academy of American Poetry.  In the Center’s Heritage Gallery, adjacent to A Portrait of Poetry, related materials from the Center’s collection will be shown to complement Van Sise’s project.

Doors will open at 5:30pm and remarks will begin at 6:00pm. 

Members, please RSVP here

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6 p.m. April 1, 2019 to 6 p.m. April 7, 2019

April 1-7, 2019  |  New York City
Join the Center for the second annual Members only AIPAD New York experience from April 1 to April 7, 2019. The Photography Show presented by AIPAD will take place April 4-7, 2018. 

The trip will include a VIP pass for the Photography Show, a members’ welcome gathering, access to the Photography Show Vernissage, a privately hosted rooftop party, a private tour of the fair led by Chief Curator Dr. Rebecca Senf, and exclusive access to events and tours around New York City with CCP Director Anne Breckenridge Barrett and Chief Curator Rebecca Senf. For those who have never attended the Photography Show, this is a fantastic way to experience it for the first time. Return attendees will have the opportunity to access new and exciting elements of the fair. 

The trip is $700/individual ($420 tax deductible) and $1300/pair ($740 tax deductible). Attendees will be responsible for their own airfare, accommodations, and meals. A block of rooms is available for attendees at the Kimpton Ink48 at a special rate.

The official trip dates are April 1-7. We suggest reserving the days before and after these dates for air travel and special arrangements.

Registration is now closed. 

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10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22, 2019

In celebration of Women's History Month, join us for our second art + feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon!

This event is designed to improve coverage of gender, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, particularly transgender and cisgender women.

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women. This lack of inclusive participation has led to an alarming gap of content in the world’s most popular online research tool. Art+Feminism’s edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to gender, feminism and art related subjects on Wikipedia. Since 2014, Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving over 11,000 articles. 

CCP’s Art+Feminism edit-a-thon will focus on increasing the presence of female photographers on Wikipedia. Part of CCP’s mission is to promote creative inquiry, dialogue, and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence, but people don’t always begin their searches for photographers on our website. Join us for CCP's Art+Feminism edit-a-thon and become a Wikipedia editor this March!

For more information, contact Emily Weirich, Associate Archivist for Digital Initiatives.

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7 p.m. March 15, 2019

We are excited to support this special Frances Murray book signing at Antigone Books, located at 411 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705.

Artist, writer, and scholar Joanna Frueh scrutinizes ideals of beauty and sensuality, often motivated by her experiences with breast cancer. Photographer Frances Murray documents Frueh’s journey of unapologetic beauty in a series of intimate, dazzlingly original photographs before and after her bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy. Unapologetic Beauty arrives at a new, liberating view of beauty and of the sensual pleasure found in transformative self-acceptance.

Unapologetic Beauty is a downright necessary meditation on women’s wisdom and beauty in aging. Joanna Frueh and Frances Murray—in writing and image—call out the fact that our ‘hyperbeauty’ culture relies on stereotypical ‘taboos’ to make individuals unique or edgy, when we must rather recognize that ‘real flesh, real love: they are the taboos.’ And the world needs more of both. 

-Maria Elena Buszek, University of Colorado, Denver 


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5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 2019


Center for Creative Photography Gallery

Members- Join us for a members-only reception celebrating Richard Avedon: Relationships on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. All members who attend will leave with a special commemorative poster. Please RSVP here if you plan on attending.

Drawn from the Richard Avedon collection at the Center for Creative Photography, Richard Avedon: Relationships presents eighty portrait and fashion photographs – ranging from the 1950s to the early 2000s – including examples of Avedon’s large-scale prints. The exhibition will explore three kinds of “relationships” in Avedon’s life and work: the interactions between the figures within the frame, the partnerships Avedon formed with longstanding subjects, and importantly, the relationship between Richard Avedon and the Center for Creative Photography.

Avedon’s works, which he personally selected for donation to the Center, enrich the collection through the importance of the subjects he photographed, the widespread circulation of his images through publication, Avedon’s unique and influential photographic approach, and his blurring of the line between artistic and commercial production. The exhibition will feature film footage and related documents to tell the story of Avedon’s choice to invest in the Center as a recipient of his photographs, and will explore the range of photographs he gifted to the institution.

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6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2019
The Center for Creative Photography and The UA Fred Fox School Of Music are excited to co-present An Evening of Music with Ralph Gibson. His performances masterfully join his cinematic vision with his music; shaped by solo guitar and layered effects.
  The program begins promptly with opening act CrossTalk at 6:30pm in Crowder Hall (Fred Fox School Of Music, 1017 N Olive Rd). Admission is free. Members at the Supporter level and above provided with reserved seating. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to the event start time to claim your seats.
  Ralph’s photographs are included in over one hundred and fifty museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions. More about Ralph Gibson here.


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6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2019


Center for Creative Photography Auditorium

Center For Creative Photography, UA School of Art, and UA Photography Department present a screening of Lynn Estomin’s Patrick Nagatani: Living In The Story. Living in the Story documents thirty-five years of art-making by photographer Patrick Nagatani. The film portrays an artist deeply concerned with world events, who uses imagery and storytelling to raise awareness about modern anxieties, with an emphasis on the threat of nuclear weapons. Despite the serious content of his subject matter, his innovative images are compelling and entertaining. An engaging raconteur and teacher, Nagatani talks in the film about his projects, his unorthodox photographic techniques, and his subtle weaving together of fiction and fact. Scott Nagatani’s hauntingly beautiful music score provides the film’s soundtrack.  Lynn Estomin, Andrew Smith; Owner of The Andrew Smith Gallery, and David Taylor; UA School Of Art Professor, will speak following the screening.  Seating in the CCP auditorium is first-come, first-served. CCP Members at Supporter level and above are provided with reserved seating. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to the event start time to claim your seats.

Lynn Estomin is a videographer, photographer and interactive media artist who creates art that speaks to social issues. As an artist who deals with political subjects, she is interested in human stories and what they tell us about society. Her award-winning video documentaries have been exhibited at film festivals internationally and broadcast nationally on PBS. Her web art won awards from Adobe Corporation, The Webby Awards, the Canadian Web Association, the Golden Globe Awards and Cool Site of the Day. Her black/white and color photography and digital images have been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo shows and group exhibitions.

Estomin's work is part of 65 public and private collections. She has received grants and fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Art Matters Inc., Cincinnati Commission on the Arts, Kodak Corporation, Ilford Corporation, Sony Corporation, SIGGRAPH, the Luce Foundation, Lycoming College and the Women's Film Project. Lynn Estomin is a Professor of Art at Lycoming College in PA, where she teaches photography, digital art and design.


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