Light Photo Works — Overview

Between 1976 and 1978, Balth integrated his concept of ‘light within matter’ with a pure, basic form of photographic reality in the Light Photoworks

Transition Tree I, 1976 – Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris


In the Light Photo Works Balth employed photography to reflect on the nature of ‘reality’ through shifts in perception between natural and artificial light.

Photography is not used for its ability to record what is visible, but for its indexical qualities. Light here becomes a trace and thus attains a presence it normally does not have, offering the viewer a means to investigate the quality and properties of light and its reflexive relationship to art.