Art Term

Lightbox

A lightbox is a box with a translucent white surface fitted with an internal light source, commonly a fluorescent tube or small incandescent bulbs

Jeff Wall, ‘A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai)’ 1993
Jeff Wall
A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) 1993
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© Jeff Wall

A lightbox is normally used for examining transparencies and negatives and tracing works made with a variety of techniques and materials.

However since the late twentieth century artists have made works in which large scale photographic transparencies are presented fitted on a light box to create an integral work.

Selected artworks in the collection