reviewed by the New York Times, New Yorker, and others (see Press). They have been published in Harper's Magazine and on the cover of the fifth edition (2010) of Robert Hirsch's textbook, Exploring Color Photography.

In 2008, at the invitation of the Joshua Light Show, she created abstract moving images for a concert at Lincoln Center. Following that concert, she was commissioned to create two private residential moving-image installations. In 2014, Forest City acquired her video, Half & Half & Honey, for permanent display in the lobby of Radian, their residential tower in Boston.  

Ms. Denny brings to her work a background in theatrical lighting and projections. Her earliest theatrical projections were done at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge MA. More recently (2008-present), she has performed live improvised light abstractions as a member of the Joshua Light Show, accompanying Lou Reed, John Zorn, Terry Riley, Television, The Bad Plus, Oneohtrix Point Never, So Percussion, and many more.

Ms. Denny has guest lectured at Harvard, the New School, the School of Visual Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia, and Yale.
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Alyson Denny is an American artist who works with light to make photographic abstractions, both still and moving.


She studied physics and filmmaking at Harvard, where her thesis film, Saturday Afternoon, was awarded summa cum laude and the Hoopes Prize for outstanding undergraduate thesis work. After graduation she experimented with moving-image abstraction and made documentary films. Her documentaries Girltalk (1987) and Total Baby (1993), both made with Kate Davis, have been shown worldwide to critical acclaim and are in over 50 public collections.

During the 1990s she started making abstract still photographs.  Her

photographs have been shown regularly at the Alan Klotz Gallery, NYC, and the Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett NY, and have been

Photo: Stan Schnier