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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 September 2019. 


Danziger Gallery, New York: Michael Light: FULL MOON, July 16-August 23 2019
Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden: Moonlight, May 25-September 02 2019
Los Angeles Public Library: GLOW: Michael Light’s Aerial Views of L.A., July 12-September 08 2019
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto: The Final Frontier, June 28-August 31 2019
Geelong Galllery, Australia: The Moon, June 15-September 01 2019
FOMU Foto Museum, Antwerp, Holland: Moon, June 28-October 06 2019
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego: The Stories They Tell: 100 Years of Photography October 12 2019 - February 18 2020


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
Museum of Modern Art, Vienna: Class Reunion: Works from the Wilhelm Schurmann Collection through November 2018

2019 Lake Lahontan/Lake Bonneville, Radius Books, Santa Fe