Dexter Lopez
Dexter Lopez
Azelion Manuel
Drishti Verma
Yuhan Pan

Featuring work by: Athena Abdien, Alejandro E. Aguirre, Paria Ahmadi, Frida Braide, Sawani Chaudhary, Billy Chen, Mercedes Fernandez, Lu Gao, Guy Grabowsky, Yulin Gu, Kelly Han, Kuan Hsieh, Thomas Iacobucci, Luigi Iagulli, Jude Lives, Sidian Liu, Dexter Lopez, Camilla M. Mecagni, Azelion Manuel, Zhiyun Qin, Bella Okuya, Yuhan Pan, Alanna Reid, Ben Rybisky, Trenton Teinert, Jonah Siegel, Emma Eaton Sobel, Alvin Ukpeh, Drishti Verma, Way Wang, Blaine Williams, Keke Yang, Beiyuan Zhang

A Quality of Light, is inspired by Audre Lorde’s 1985 essay “Poetry is not a Luxury,” in which she writes, “The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.”

In a photographic sense, of course, the quality of light is central to depiction, it is the starting point for potential meaning, and it is the primary means through which the viewer’s engagement with the image begins. In other words, a quality of light—to channel Lorde—”has direct bearing” on what the photograph brings forth into the world, and, in turn, on what the artist aspires to contribute to the complex image universe.

The work included in this show is created by current students in the Parsons MFA Photography and Related Media program. The artists in this exhibition draw from broad ranging approaches as they consider a quality of light in how they each photographically responds to their diverse world-views.


  • Parsons School of Design

    Parsons School of Design

    A pioneer in art and design education for more than a century, Parsons School of Design is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive colleges of art and design in the world. Critical thinking, collaboration, and reflective practice are at the heart of a Parsons education. Located in the heart of New York City, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. A student-centered curriculum allows for both focused and interdisciplinary learning to master concepts, technologies, and research methods that cut across a wide array of fields. By synthesizing theory with craft, and combining art and design studies with the liberal arts and business, Parsons prepares its students to shape scholarship in their field and make art and design that matters. Its faculty of notable artists, design practitioners, critics, historians, writers, and scholars exemplify an extraordinary breadth of vision. The graduate Photography program functions as a 21st-century studio and think tank. The goal of the 26-month program is to prepare graduates to define the creative role of photography within contemporary culture, as practicing artists and scholars. Challenging participants to move beyond current paradigms—to anticipate and set trends, rather than follow them.

A Quality Of Light

 archive : 2023

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Arthur Ou Jim Ramer

Presented by: Parsons School of Design
  • Parsons School of Design


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