Legacies of LIGHT – a Three-Day Celebration

Legacies of LIGHT

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

The Center is excited to announce Legacies of LIGHT- a three-day multi-faceted exploration and celebration of the incredible impact that this contemporary fine-art photography gallery has had on the field.

The weekend includes tours of the new exhibition and the Center, a day-long symposium exploring LIGHT’s enduring legacies, the debut of the new short documentary about LIGHT, evening receptions, and a brunch celebration of Harold Jones.

The celebration is a complement to the exhibition The Qualities of LIGHT: A View from the Archive at the Center for Creative Photography. This exhibition will focus on characteristics identified by those who visited, worked, showed, and were impacted by the gallery, drawing heavily on archives at the Center for Creative Photography. Sections of the exhibition will highlight LIGHT’s innovation, commitment to artists, focus on education, cultivation of community, and influence on the market, illustrated by photographic artworks, archival documentation, film or audio footage, installation views, period snapshots, and contemporary photographs, all chosen for their potential to illuminate.

LIGHT (1971-1987) was the first gallery exclusively dedicated to the promotion, exhibition, and sale of contemporary photographers and their work, and enabled a market for contemporary photography to develop by commanding the value of the medium as a serious art form.

Friday, January 17

The weekend opens with tours of The Qualities of LIGHT: A View from the Archive at the Center for Creative Photography exhibition, special behind the scenes tours of the Center with staff, print viewing or works related to LIGHT, and evening cocktail reception.

Saturday, January 18

Saturday features a full-day symposium celebrating new knowledge created based on the legacies of LIGHT. Morning keynote speakers will include art critic and curator Andy Grundberg and Michal Raz-Russo, Assistant Curator in the Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. The afternoon delves deeper into legacies, with panels touching on the topics of community and culture and history building. The symposium concludes with a screening of the new short documentary film exploring the history and impact of LIGHT by Lisa Immodino Vreeland.

Sunday, January 19

Celebrate Harold Jones for his role as a catalyst, both at LIGHT and at the Center, with a brunch. Harold Jones has been at the heart of the Center, and this celebration is a chance to “raise a glass” and thank him for all he has brought to the CCP and the field of photography.


Mark your calendars- registration opens September 3!