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Legacies of LIGHT – a Three-Day Celebration

Legacies of LIGHT

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: LIGHT Gallery Archive

Register now for the CCP symposium "Legacies of LIGHT." Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Qualities of LIGHT: A View from the Archive at the Center for Creative Photography, 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 evening of exhibition 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 Immodino Vreeland, that explores the founding and philosophy of LIGHT, followed by a reception. 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




  • Welcome from CCP Director Anne Breckenridge Barrett.
  • Keynote & Conversation: An introduction to the weekend's topics, on LIGHT, the art/photography market, and the intersections of past and present.
  • Evening cocktail reception.


  • Morning Session: Two presentations, paired with a conversation and with an extensive Q&A forum, consider the earliest years of LIGHT, its spirit, and the 1970s and 1980s art world more broadly.
  • Afternoon Session: 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. 
  • Early Evening Session: Screening of the new short documentary about LIGHT by Lisa Immodino Vreeland, followed by a reception at Etherton Gallery.


  • Morning session: The symposium concludes with Sunday's two panels. The first features insights and reflections on the weekend's conversations from those who worked at LIGHT, and the second includes a series of short presentations about Harold Jones in his three founding roles.
  • Brunch co-presented by the University of Arizona School of Art



Early bird registration begins September 3. Pricing is as follows: 

CCP Member/Early Bird: $250.00
Cost after Saturday, November 23: $300.00

Student ticket: $75.00

Register here! 



Friday Keynote Participants:

Anne Breckenridge Barrett 

Britt Salvesen 

Charles Traub  

Fern Schad 


Saturday Morning Participants:

Marvin Heiferman 

Sally Stein 

Michal Raz-Russo 

Andy Grundberg 

Becky Senf


Saturday Afternoon Participants:

Robert Mann 

Rick Wester 

Sara Stolfa 

Alec Soth 

Dominique Luster  

Liz Allen   

Meg Jackson Fox 

Emily Weirich  

Molly Garfinkel 

Matthew Grilli 

Cassie Mey 

Judy Natal


Saturday Evening Participant:

Lisa Immordino Vreeland


Sunday Morning Participants:

Peter MacGill 

Laurence Miller 

Susan Harder 

Jack Sal

Harold Jones (being honored)


Thank you to the supporters of Legacies of LIGHT!

Susan VonKersburg
Fern M. Schad
Tim Hagyard Long Realty
Christopher Herbert and Nancy Welch
University of Arizona School of Art
Etherton Gallery
Center for Creative Photography Director's Circle- Learn more about the Director’s Circle here