The Light Factory presents renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson

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The Light Factory presents renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson Artist to lecture and give workshop on success and artistic integrity

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Joyce Tenneson, one of the most successful and influential photographers working today, will join The Light Factory as a special guest for a lecture and workshop this weekend - Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. The work of Joyce Tenneson (named “Photographer of the Year” by the international organization Women in Photography) is currently on display in The Light Factory’s Middleton McMillan Gallery in an exhibition entitled Body & Soul, also featuring artists Mona Kuhn and Jock Sturges. More on Joyce Tenneson, the events surrounding her appearance and Body & Soul can be found at

Joyce Tenneson is described critically as “one of America's most interesting portrayers of the human character.” She is the author of thirteen books; her latest, entitled "Joyce Tenneson: A Life in Photography" published in 2008 (Bulfinch Press). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award for best applied photography. To celebrate this artist and educate the public about her highly-regarded work, The Light Factory has organized a Friday evening lecture for a broad audience of artists and art appreciators, as well as an intensive all-day Saturday workshop for serious students of fine-art photography.

The lecture, “Joyce Tenneson: The Intimate Portrait,” will take place Friday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Storrs Hall 110 in the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte, where Tenneson will talk about her multi-faceted 40-year career and how she engages her subjects to create her trademark intimate portrait style. This presentation is "A Canon Explorers of Light Lecture," held with support from the UNC Charlotte Art of Light Photography Club. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. Seating is general admission - first come, first served.

On Saturday, April 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Joyce Tenneson will conduct a workshop called, "Finding Your Photographic Style and Reaching a Larger Audience" in the Middleton McMillan Gallery from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. She will talk about balancing commercial success with artistic vision, and offer advice on how to approach galleries, create a book and market work to new audiences. The cost for attending the workshop is $295 per person; registration is required by calling 704-333-9755 or logging onto

The Light Factory exhibition that features Tenneson’s work, Body & Soul, celebrates photography of the human body as art. Since the early 19th Century, photographers have experimented with figurative subject matter. The artists featured in Body & Soul explore the abstract potential of the human body. Joyce Tenneson creates mysterious and sensual images with a richness of light that are timeless and haunting. Her work is a combination of portraiture and mythology. Jock Sturges documents the radiance of people he knows-in this case, the intense-eyed Fanny as she moves from adolescence toward adulthood. Mona Kuhn returns to her native Brazil in search of her youth, rekindling the bond between childhood and country by combining the alluring figurative studies (body) with the lush terrain of the rainforest (soul).

Body & Soul opened Monday, Feb. 7 and will remain on exhibition in the Middleton McMillan Gallery until Sunday, May 15, 2011. More information is available at 704-333-9755 or online at

The Light Factory is graciously supported by basic operating grants from the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and the North Carolina Arts Council.

The Light Factory is one of only four museums in the United States that promote the power of image through photography and film. For more than 30 years, The Light Factory has served students, artists and the public at large by offering film screenings, photography exhibits, classes and outreach programs that promote media literacy and self-expression using the most powerful mediums of our time. The Light Factory is a 501©3, non-profit organization. To find out more about The Light Factory, or make a donation visit


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