Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

John Edmonds

Sep 09, 2017 - Shane Lavalette

Every year Light Work invites twelve artists to come to Syracuse, New york to devote one month to creative projects. Over 400 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program since its inception. The residency includes a $5,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work, and many of these artists form the basis for Light Work’s exhibitions program.

Featured here for the coming week are six recent Artists-in-Residence, including Morgan Ashcom, Rose Marie Cromwell, John Edmonds, Regine Petersen, Pacifico Silano, and Mila Teshaieva. Find more information about Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program, how to apply, and discover more past AIR at


John Edmonds is an artist working in photography, fabric, text and installation.  He received his MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art and his BFA in Photography at the Corcoran School of Arts + Design. He is most recognized for his projects Hoods and All Eyes On Me, where he focused on the performative gestures and self-fashioning of young black men on the streets of America, as well as his evocative portraits of lovers, close friends and strangers. He has held residencies at the Center of Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York; The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine; Light Work, Syracuse, New York and FABRICA: The United Colors of Benneton’s Research Center, Treviso, Italy.