Photography Exhibition at Palo Alto Art Center Examines the Impact of Humans on the Planet

Photographer and bookmaker Michael Light will explore the nature of landscape through a compelling collection of photographs during the free exhibition Michael Light: Planetary Landscape, June 17-August 27, at the Palo Alto Art Center.

This exhibition, part of the Art Center’s Summer of Photography program, will present an integrated examination of Light’s work and will feature new work commissioned by the Palo Alto Art Center. Included will be examples of Light’s aerial examinations of the varied landscapes of the American West, along with selections of earlier archival projects exploring NASA’s Apollo missions (Full Moon), and imagery made during US nuclear testing between 1945 and 1962 (100 Suns).

“If you keep going up and up, eventually the world becomes circular and alien,” says Michael Light. “You see the world quite literally as a planet.”

Over the last 15 years Light has explored themes of mapping, human impact on the land, various aspects of geologic time, and the sublime. His imagery is political, provocative, and often challenging. It is also seductive, and insists we not look away from the marks humankind has made on more than one planetary landscape.

This exhibition is guest curated by Sharon Bliss. Michael Light will also discuss his work and artistic process during a free public lecture at the Art Center on June 25, 3-4:30 p.m.

Michael Light: Planetary Landscape is part of the Palo Alto Art Center’s Summer of Photography, designed to engage community members of all ages in the creative and expressive potential of photography. Through exhibitions, public programs, hands-on opportunities, and community partnerships, this initiative promises to introduce a new audience to the power of photography and reinforce its capacity as an aesthetic and expressive medium.

Other Summer of Photography events scheduled to take place at the Art Center include:

  • Palo Alto Camera Club exhibition in the Community Gallery, June 9-July…

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