Michael Light


PDN 2015 Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists in this year’s PDN Photo Annual! A whopping three Radius Books won in the Photobook category:

Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb won for their book, Memory CityIn an elegiac look at Rochester, New York, Memory City is a mediation on film, memory, time and the city itself. Shot in both digital and analog formats, the photographs are joined by quotes from famous writers and thinkers who have been connected to Rochester.

Laura Letinksy won for her book, Ill Form & Void Full. In this serene monograph, Letinsky creates references to the table from existing photographs in home and lifestyle magazines, her old work, the art of friends and actual objects. Her process shows how ideas about the private sphere and their manifestation in our lives are predicated upon what has come before—that is, perception itself is a construct.

Michael Light won for his book Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain. In Light’s third aerial survey published by Radius Books, the photographer focuses on Nevada, formerly the fastest-growing state in America until the 2008 recession. Light hovers intimately over the topography of two residential areas, both never fully realized and in disrepair: Lake Las Vegas, a lifestyle resort built around a former sewage swamp, and the nearby Black Mountain community, where a quarter-billion dollars was spent on moving earth that has lain dormant for the past six years.

About the PDN Photography Annual

The Photo District News compiles a record of the year’s most compelling images. This renowned competition features a wide variety of photographic genres, ranging from from highly visible ad campaigns and editorials, to photojournalism stories, to personal series from established and student photographers. In the PDN Photo Annual, contestants from across the globe come together in a celebration of bold and singular artistry.


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Join us, November 13 – 16, for Paris Photo 2014. We will host the following signings at Radius Books’ stand EE26:

Betsy Karel Conjuring ParadiseIMG_1376
3PM Gay Block About Love
4PM Laura Letinsky Ill Form & Void Full
5PM Sharon Core Early American

Renate Aller and Janet Dees Ocean/Desert
4PM Julie Blackmon Homegrown
5PM John Gossage pomodori a grappolo 
6PM Janelle Lynch Barcelona

Janet Russek The Tenuous Stem and
.      David Scheinbaum Beaumont’s Kitchen
3PM Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb Memory City
4PM Michael Light Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain

TIME Special Preview: A Guide to the Best Fall Photo Books

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TIME LightBox presents a special preview of the season’s best photography books and has chosen three Radius Books photographers Michael Light, Julie Blackmon, and Laura Letinsky for their inspired forthcoming monographs. “These photo books, lovingly designed and meticulously edited, are a rare treat in a time when photography is all-too-often relegated to selfies and snapshots, and offer an opportunity to truly indulge in the unfettered beauty of a well-made book.” (more..)

Booksigning for LA Day/LA Night @ Radius Books

We are hosting a booksigning with Michael Light for his new book LA Day/LA Night at our NEW downtown offices!

Friday, April 1 from 5-7pm.
Our new address is:

The Kruger Building
227 East Palace Avenue, Suite W.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Parking is available off of Cienega Street, between Palace Avenue and Marcy Street.

Michael Light: LA Day/LA Night now shipping signed copies!

“Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West” — Photographs by Michael Light at Blue Sky Gallery, April 7-May 1

Michael Light will exhibit a series of large scale aerial photographs at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon.  This solo exhibition, “Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West”, opens April 7 and runs through May 1.

Michael Light describes this ongoing exploration:

My work is concerned with Western American space, both literal and metaphoric. In archival projects I’ve looked at humans venturing upon untouched lunar deserts illuminated by pure radiation, as well as that terrifying and mesmerizing moment about sixty years ago when we began to ignite our own stars. Each was a particularly American hour, resonant with frontier mythology, but also a larger species watershed in terms of how we conceive of – and relate to – the physical world around us.

Purchase a signed copy of  LA Day/LA Night
Purchase a signed copy of  Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack

Michael Light to speak at Emerging Landscapes Conference, June 26, 2010


Michael Light, whose second title with Radius Books will be out this fall, will be participating in the Emerging Landscapes conference at the University of Westminster, London. The conference runs from June 25-27, 2010, and is an international, interdisciplinary venture dedicated to re-examining the idea of landscape and the intersection of the built environment with the represented environment. Focusing in large part on the synergies between photography and architecture, the conference will “examine and critically reassess the interface between production and representation in the creation of contemporary landscape.”

Light will be giving an artist talk, Some Dry Space: An Inhabited American West, as part of the Photographic Practice: Altered Terrain section of the conference. He will be speaking at 11:30 am GMT on Saturday, June 26th. For the last fifteen years, Light has aerially photographed over-settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, and various aspects of geologic time and the sublime. A private pilot and 2007 Guggenheim photography fellow, he is currently working on an extended aerial photographic survey of the arid West.

Radius Books published the first of a planned multi-volume series of this work, Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack in Fall 2009. With LA Day/LA Night, due out in November 2010, Light continues his ongoing aerial examination of the arid American West by bringing together two opposing views of the city in a double volume set.

Both titles are available for purchase at our online store:
Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack available here
LA Day/LA Night available for pre-order here

Michael Light at Craig Krull Gallery


Craig Kull Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of recent aerial photographs by Michael Light entitled InterMountain. Light’s black-and-white and color images stem from a tradition of landscape photography long entranced with the American West. Though with a similar sense of the grandiose and an exquisite tonal range, Light’s work is set apart by it’s investigation of the tension between the natural landscape and the increasing presence of man.

The exhibit runs from April 24th to May 29th, with a reception on April 24th, from 3 to 5pm. A component of the exhibition will be on view concurrently at The Gallery at The Archer School for Girls, with a reception also on April 24th from 4 to 5:30 with an artist talk to follow at 5:30. Also on view will be a series of photographs by Marc Valesella entitled Not Negotiable.

Light’s monograph Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack is available in our online store. Check here for details on his upcoming monograph, LA Day/LA Night.

Radius event in La Jolla

Please join RADIUS BOOKS for a benefit cocktail reception

When Friday, September, 25, 2009 5–8 pm
Where Joan Warren-Grady Art Advisory, 7938 Ivanhoe Ave., La Jolla, CA

Hosted by Joan Warren-Grady Art Advisory, The Focus Group & Heather Bowden
(in conjunction with Gagosian Gallery opening reception of the La Jolla office)

Meet the Artists: This event coincides with the release of two new books about California artists: Venice-based painter Ed Moses, a major influence on the southern California art scene for over 50 years, and Bay Area-based photographer Michael Light. Both artists will be in attendance to sign copies of their new books, and to participate in a conversation about their work and the process of working with Radius Books.


For more information contact us at 505 983 4068 or info@radiusbooks.org

Radius Books donates 300 copies of all published titles to libraries and schools in need, around the country. Your support of this event can help broaden our efforts in your region. 501-c-3 status pending.

Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack preview

Advance copies of Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack have arrived this week. This book by Michael Light & Radius Books is a trade edition of the extremely oversized artist books that Light is known for. To read more about the project, click here. The book is hardbound with a printed and textured cover, and perfectly showcases Light’s aerial 4×5 photographs of the Bingham Mine, outside Salt Lake City. The retail price is $50; a signed copy is $55.