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The Qualities of LIGHT: A View from the Archive at the Center for Creative Photography

BD Vidibor

This exhibition celebrating the legacies of LIGHT (1971-1987), a significant early photography gallery, will focus on characteristics identified by those who visited, worked, showed, and were impacted by the gallery. It will draw 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. Educational programming will be an integral component of the exhibition, offering visitors opportunities to better understand the critical period of the 1970s and 1980s within the history of photography and the seminal influence of LIGHT, as well as encouraging creative inquiry into broader ideas about the photographic market, artist legacies, and the nature of a research center and archive like the Center for Creative Photography.