ABOUT THE BOOK
For most of human history, man-made light has signified hope and progress. Co-published with the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Christina Seely’s Lux examines the contemporary disconnect between the beauty of the artificial light that emanates from the earth’s surface and the complexity of what this light represents. Made between 2005 and 2010, and titled after the unit for measuring illumination, the project focuses on light produced by 45 cities in the United States, Western Europe, China and Japan–the most brightly illuminated regions on NASA maps of the earth at night. These economically and politically powerful regions have the greatest impact not only on the night sky but also on the planet’s ecology. Seely’s portraits are less about the individual locations and more about the global ramifications of consumption, and for this reason each photograph is titled simply “Metropolis,” with a notation of the city’s latitude and longitude.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 our contemporary relationship with the natural world. She received her BA from Carleton College and an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. 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 received an Artist in Residence from the Headlands Center for the Arts, has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and a participant on the Arctic Circle Program. She has also been a recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship as well as a year long Public Arts Commission from the city of San Francisco with the project Lux. Christina Seely is an Assistant Professor in the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.