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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 last 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. The next book in the series, Lake Lahontan/Lake Bonneville, will be published by Radius in Fall 2019. 


Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco: Great Basin: Autoglyphs + Pleistoseas, February 2 - March 16 2019
San Francisco Airport Terminal Three: Michael Light:Sidereal Rift, November 8 2018 - February 28 2019
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles: MONUMENTality, December 4 2018 - April 21 2019
Bates College Museum of Art, Maine: Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era, October 23 2018 - March 23 2019
CAUE 92, Nanterre France: Survols: Aerial Photography of Cities, November 9 2018 - March 2 2019
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea: Civilization: The Way We Live Now, October 18 2018 - February 17 2019
Bolinas Museum, Bolinas CA: Cosmic Wonders: The Moon, The Stars and the Space Between, September 22 - December 30 2018

Museum of Modern Art, Vienna: Class Reunion: Works from the Wilhelm Schurmann Collection through November 2018
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA: Michael Light: Planetary Landscape through August 2017
MoMA, New York: Aerial Imagery in Print, 1860 to Today through September 2016
San Francisco MOMA: California and the West through September 2016
Legion of Honor, San Francisco: Wild West - Plains to the Pacific through September 2016

2015 Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain, Radius Books, Santa Fe   VIDEO OF BOOK

2017 Porges, Maria, “Michael Light at Palo Alto Art Center,” Square Cylinder, August, San Francisco
2015 Green, Tyler, “Podcast #214: Artists Mike Light and Mark Klett,” Modern Art Notes