The 36th Annual Light Work Grants in Photography were recently awarded to three Central New York residents. The selected artists are Yasser Aggour, Ron Jude and Lida Suchy. The Light Work Grants in Photography program is a part of Light Work's ongoing effort to provide support and encouragement to artists working in photography. Light Work awards grants to photographers, critics and photo historians who reside in Central New York. The grants also aim to foster an understanding and appreciation for photographic arts in the area.
The Light Work Grant is a fellowship that includes a $2,000 cash award, an exhibition at Light Work and publication in The Light Work Annual. Applicants were required to submit 10 examples of their work along with a short application form. Three judges from outside the grant area then selected the recipients based on the merits of their work. Light Work is pleased to announce this year's grant recipients:
Yasser Aggour, Syracuse, Onondaga County
Aggour submitted photographs from two different series, The Hunted and The History of Paradise. In the images from The Hunted, Aggour collects photographs depicting hunters and the animals they have killed, and then manipulates them using imaging software to remove the hunter completely, resulting in portraits that defy easy categorization. In The History of Paradise, Aggour uses a collage technique to create images that, in his words, "transform the pedestrian into the seemingly mythic." The images revolve around the themes of nature and destruction, violence and beauty, and death and immortality. Aggour received his M.F.A. from Yale University, and both a B.A. in fine arts and a B.A. in political theory from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he is currently an assistant professor of photography in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts.