Arts & Life
11:36 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Light Factory Members Want To Keep Independence

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum is no longer looking to merge with other area organizations.

The museum of photography and film announced last week that it was suspending operations while it tries to reorganize. The museum's board chairman Jeff Wise says a merger was a possibility but museum members want it to remain independent.

He says the museum expects to leave its Spirit Square location in uptown by mid-November, which it currently occupies rent-free. It's currently looking for a new gallery, darkroom and office space.

The Light Factory started in 1972 as a co-op for photographers and grew to include galleries, film screening rooms and offer classes.

In announcing the suspension last week, Wise said the museum's revenue has dropped 30 percent in the last three years.

The Light Factory will hold a special meeting for members on Friday evening in Spirit Square to discuss the future of the museum.