© Michael Light                   © Clifton Meador                                                   

Michael Light and Clifton Meador

February 6th, 2014 at 7:30 pm 

Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer, bookmaker, and pilot whose focus is the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. His work is concerned both with the politics of that relationship and the seductions of landscape representation, particularly as found in the arid Western spaces of America. He works with found, appropriated imagery gleaned from public archives and his own 4 x 5" negatives, most often taken from the air. Visual books are at the root of most of his output.

Clifton Meador is Chair of the Department of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

"I am a writer, photographer, printmaker, and designer. I combine these disciplines to make artist’s books that explore how the narratives of culture, history, and place are the basis for identity. Human identity is not monolithic, nor is it a simple linear narrative, and I use the book as a strategy to present this complexity. Who we are depends on who is asking; and the book, as an artistic vehicle, offers countless ways to create complex, engaging narratives."


San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street) 

Tickets available at the door 7:00 pm

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Photo Books Today Symposium

Keynotes                                                               Friday, February 6th, 7:30 pm  

Symposium                                                   Saturday, February 7th, 9:00am - 5:30pm 

Photographers have more options than ever before for presenting their work as a book – and meanwhile the notion of the photo book itself is changing, no longer bound by the limitations of the traditional monograph. There is a burgeoning market for photography in book form, with many new publishers, dealers, and gallery imprints serving a rapidly growing number of collectors. This symposium will address issues of value to photographers and to anyone interested in photo books. 

Presenters will share their deep knowledge the field, bring books to show, and offer a broad overview of publishing strategies for photographers, with an emphasis on publishing as both a business and an art form.