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Artist Michael Light has made visual books, photographs, and installation about landscape since 1990. LA Day/LA Night, Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack, 100 SUNS, FULL MOON, and Ranch are some of his published work. 

Michael Light is a photographer and bookmaker focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it.  A Guggenheim Fellow, his landscape projects have been exhibited globally and his work is in the collections of numerous museums.  22 editions of his six books have been published worldwide since 1993. He is currently working on Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West, an extended, multi-volume aerial survey of arid America.

The latest volume in the series, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain, with essays by Rebecca Solnit and Lucy Lippard, was published by Radius Books in Winter 2015, and has been featured and favorably reviewed by TIME, SLATE, WIRED, and BLDGBLOG, among others. Lake Las Vegas images can be found here, and Black Mountain images here.


Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica: Sidereal Rift, December 3, 2016- January 14, 2017
San Jose Museum of Art: Indestructible Wonder though January 29, 2017
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego: Boundless October 15 through January 29, 2017
MASS MoCa: Explode Everyday: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder April 2017

MoMA, New York: Aerial Imagery in Print, 1860 to Today through September 11, 2016
San Francisco MOMA: California and the West through September 5, 2016
Legion of Honor, San Francisco: Wild West - Plains to the Pacific through September 11, 2016

2015 Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain, Radius Books, Santa Fe   VIDEO OF BOOK
2011 LA Day/LA Night, Radius Books, Santa Fe
2009 Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack, Radius Books, Santa Fe

2016 Muller-Pohle, Andreas, “Urbanics: The Contemporary City,” European Photography 98, Berlin
2015 Green, Tyler, “Podcast #214: Artists Mike Light and Mark Klett,” Modern Art Notes
2014 “Podcast: Michael Light,” Art Uncovered with Thomas, Canada