Alexander Harding

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Alexander Harding received his BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2002. He returned to MassArt in 2011 and received his MFA in Photography. Alexander has been in numerous group shows throughout the United States and abroad, most notably the Cultivated: New Photography from New England exhibit and the FIFA International Photography Festival in Brazil. He currently works as a Curatorial Assistant in the department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Yale University Art Gallery and teaches both photography and art history at The Hartford Art School and the University of New Haven. The extreme close-up still life photographer moved to Cheshire, Connecticut six months ago from Wallingford, where he lived for several years. Alexander now lives there with his wife.

While light is an intrinsic function of photography, when it’s employed as a subject the results are inimitable. As James Turrell stated, “Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.”

It is this idea that Harding cites as his inspiration for his series Visible Light,  a photographic series that evokes a narrative of phantom shapes, dreamy moods, and mystic properties that only light can inspire. In this way, Harding uses light as both the medium and subject.

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