The Light Factory Reboots in Plaza Midwood

Photography and film museum plans to offer classes again in January

In October, when The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film closed its doors, Charlotte lost a point of artistic pride few cities can claim. For nearly 42 years, we had one of only four museums in the country dedicated to photography and film. Then the Spirit Square museum was gone.

Over the next few weeks and months, a group of devoted volunteers—some of whom had helped found The Light Factory decades ago—stepped up to save it.  All 19 members of the new, all-volunteer board chipped in $1,000 a piece, says board chairman Phil Moody. They paid a year’s rent on new digs in Plaza Midwood, which will include a darkroom, exhibition space, and classrooms. In addition to photography and digital art exhibitions and classes for adults, the museum has traditionally offered low-cost classes and summer camps for school children. Next month it plans to start offering some photography classes again.

Board members also plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign and membership drive, because the museum is not yet out of the woods financially. “We really kind of, in a way, stuck our necks out,” Moody says. To donate or sign up for classes, visit  

Categories: Visual Art