Christina Seely: Lux


Lux presents photographic portraits of forty-five cities that lie in the most brightly illuminated regions of the NASA night earth map. Photographed over a five-year period between 2005–2010, the project focuses on cities in the United States, Western Europe and Japan. All the images are recordings of exclusively man-made light, and were shot using a 4×5 large format field camera. Every one is simply titled Metropolis, accompanied by a notation of the city’s latitude and longitude, which helps indicate both the specific and universal quality of the images.

The book’s large-format design is an echo of the exhibition installations of the project, and includes a key-coded NASA map (in a separate pocket), which connects the singular to the global. Texts by Jane Brox, Natasha Egan, and Liam Young help create a broader understanding of the project and its place in Seely’s entire body of work.


Interested in humans’ contemporary relationship to nature and time, Christina Seely’s expedition-based work finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and the complexities of our contemporary relationship with the natural world. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is featured in many public and private collections including: The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Fidelity and West Collections and The Walker Art Center. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and a recipient of a year long public arts commission from the city of San Francisco. She received a BA from Carleton College, an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and currently teaches in the Photography, Interdisciplinary and Graduate programs at California College of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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