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The Qualities of LIGHT : The Story of a Pioneering New York City Photography Gallery


The most comprehensive exhibition to pay homage to New York’s legendary LIGHT Gallery will be on view at the Center for Creative Photography from December 14, 2019 through May 9, 2020. The Qualities of LIGHT: The Story of a Pioneering New York City Photography Gallery will showcase the work of more than 20 photographers whose work rose to prominence during the gallery’s run from 1971 to 1987, including Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Linda Connor, Emmet Gowin, Betty Hahn, Eikoh Hosoe, Ray Metzker, Duane Michals, Stephen Shore, Aaron Siskind, and Garry Winogrand. The exhibition will be accompanied by a documentary film, symposium, and dedicated app. LIGHT Gallery grew to become an epicenter for art photography back when photography was only beginning to be considered an art, offering exclusive representation for contemporary photographers for the first time and allowing them to build careers as independent, full-time artists. The Gallery’s exhibitions drew such notables as Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Wagstaff, Andy Warhol’s factory crowd, Diane Keaton and Vicente Wolf. “LIGHT Gallery played a critical role in photography’s legitimization and pioneered new approaches...

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