Michael Light, ‘Alameda Looking South Amidst the Produce Markets, I-10 Beyond, Los Angeles, CA’, 2016, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

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Michael Light (Affiliate ’90–‘92) is a San Francisco-based photographer focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited globally, and his work has been collected by SFMOMA; Legion of Honor, San Francisco; San Jose Museum of Art; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York Public Library; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among many others. For the last fifteen years, Light has aerially photographed settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, and various aspects of geologic time and the sublime. A private pilot and Guggenheim Fellow in photography, he is currently working on an extended aerial survey of the arid Western states.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

Framing courtesy of Sterling Art Services

About Michael Light

In his photography, Michael Light expresses a deeply human interest and awe at the technological developments of the Cold War era. Light was hired by NASA in the late 1960s to develop photography techniques for the Apollo missions, yielding images of both great scientific value and reverential allusion to the history of landscape imagery. Works such as Command module Charlie Brown (1969/1999) and Aldrin’s boot print, Apollo 11 (1969/1999) marvel at the technological accomplishments of the 20th century, while illustrating the smallness of mankind in the context of outer space. As Light explains, “Photographs give me an analog to my physical movement through space, sometimes more interesting than the actual experience.” He raises these images beyond simple analytic study to sophisticated aesthetic objects.

American, b. 1963, Florida, based in San Francisco, California

Exhibition Highlights

2016
Craig Krull Gallery, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
Sidereal Rift
2012
Craig Krull Gallery, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
Two Sublimes, Idaho
2011
Blue Sky Gallery, 
Portland, OR, United States,
Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West
2010
Bolinas Museum, 
Bolinas, CA, United States,
Architecture of Subtraction

Solo Shows

2016
Craig Krull Gallery, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
Sidereal Rift
2012
Craig Krull Gallery, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
Two Sublimes, Idaho
2011
Blue Sky Gallery, 
Portland, OR, United States,
Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West
2010
Craig Krull Gallery, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
InterMountain
2010
Bolinas Museum, 
Bolinas, CA, United States,
Architecture of Subtraction
2009
Yours Gallery Foundation, 
Warsaw, Poland,
100 Suns
2008
Nevada Museum of Art, 
Reno, NV, United States,
Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West
2008
Galerie Michael Wiesehoefer, 
Cologne, Germany,
Bookworks and Photographs
2008
Knoxville Museum of Art, 
Knoxville, TN, United States,
100 Suns
2008
University of Vermont, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, 
Burlington, VT, United States,
100 Suns
2007
Craig Krull Gallery, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
Los Angeles 07.27.05
2007
Galerie Luc Bellier, 
Paris, France,
Edge of the West
2006
Hasselblad Center, 
Göteborg, Sweden,
Full Moon
2005
Natural History Museum of LA County, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Arid Flows: Los Angeles and Its Deserts
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