Mike and Doug Starn, Attracted to Light 1, 2002, sulfur toned silver prints hand coated on Thai mulberry paper, 120x264 inches

Starn Brothers: Absorption of Light

June 18, 2016 – September 17, 2016

June 18 – September 17, 2016

As part of PhotoSummer 2016, 516 ARTS presented two large elemental photographs from the body of work Absorption of Light by twin brothers Doug and Mike Starn, who for more than 20 years have been known for working conceptually with photography, and are concerned largely with chaos, interconnection and interdependence. The ill-fated moths of the Attracted to Light series are caught moments before self immolation, drawn to the light that kills them, their images pinned, momentarily, on photographic paper. Their subjects are both emblems of and witnesses to the dualistic character of light, with its power to give life and to destroy it, to illuminate and to blind.

The exhibition was curated by Teresa Buscemi, Programs & Communications Manager at 516 ARTS.


Wesley Puukka, “Dazzling Images,” Albuquerque Journal

Kathaleen Roberts, “Alone Together,” Albuquerque Journal

Jon Carver, “Critic’s Picks: Santa Fe/Albuquerque,” art itd.