Director, Light Work
Publisher/Editor, Lay Flat
Syracuse, NY, USA
Shane Lavalette is the Director of Light Work, a non-profit photography organization that offers direct support to artists, through residencies, publications, exhibitions, and more. He is also the founding publisher and editor of Lay Flat, an independent publisher of limited edition photography books and multiples. Lavalette received his BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His own photographs have been shown at venues such as The High Museum of Art, Aperture Gallery, The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, Musée de l'Elysée, and Les Rencontres d'Arles, among others. His editorial work has been published in various magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Vice Magazine, Pig Magazine, CODE, and SLASH. Lavalette has participated in several portfolio reviews, panel discussions, and conferences and served as a juror for various festivals, awards, and publications.
At FotoFest, Shane Lavalette is interested in viewing completed bodies of work as well as works-in-progress. He has an interest in photobook projects, and is particularly interested in seeing work that has not been published in book form but the artist feels it is ready for exhibition and publication. This can be in printed portfolio form, or as a sequenced dummy/mock-up. He is not interested in seeing stock, advertising, fashion, or commercial photography. It is suggested that photographers familiarize themselves with Light Work's residency and exhibition programs prior to review.