NIGHT FALLS: GREGG SEGAL

Gregg Segal, Lincoln Heights, © 2004
Gregg Segal, Lincoln Heights, © 2004, archival pigment print

In the series Nightscape, photographer Gregg Segal’s unlikely collaborators are the smoggy skies of the city of Los Angeles.  We’ve all heard the jokes about the L.A. air, but in Segal’s series, we see the night sky like the locals do.  Luminous and glowing with an extraordinary palette. There’s rarely a truly dark night in the city.

Segal’s 2004 series of color landscape photographs will open at Spot Photo Works on Saturday, January 17, with a reception for the artist that is open to the public from 6pm to 9pm.  The exhibition will continue through March 3rd at Spot’s Hollywood location at 6679 Sunset Blvd. at Crossroads of the World. Gallery hours are 10:30am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Chinatown ©2004 Gregg Segal
Chinatown ©2004 Gregg Segal, archival pigment print

“During daylight hours, the thick bands of pollution girding the Los Angeles skyline are a constant reminder of how poor our air quality is. But at night, the foul, chemical filled air traps the city’s excessive artificial light, and in these long exposure images, our skies turn deep emerald-green, lush amber, eggplant purple, and bubble gum pink. All these glowing hues obscure the stars and what we think of as a proper night sky. Our lurid skyglow is at once toxic and seductive.”  – Gregg Segal

Koreatown, ©2004, Gregg Segal
Koreatown, ©2004, Gregg Segal, archival pigment print

Gregg Segal won the jury’s choice award at the Tokyo International Photography Festival in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, The O. Winston Link Museum, Roanoke, Virginia, George Mason University and Chelsea Market, New York. His photography has been recognized with awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, PDN, The New York Press Club and more. His portraiture and photo essays have been featured in TIME, National Geographic Adventure, Fortune GQ, Dwell and Wired among others. He holds a BFA from Cal Arts, a Masters degree from USC and an MFA from New York University.