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

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  • Jeff Wall, 'A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai)' 1993
    Jeff Wall
    A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) 1993
    Photographic transparency and illuminated display case
    object: 2500 x 3970 x 340 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation and from the Art Fund 1995© Jeff Wall
  • Catherine Yass, 'Corridors' 1994
    Catherine Yass
    Corridors 1994
    Photographic transparency and light box
    object: 890 x 725 x 140 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1996© Catherine Yass
  • Damien Hirst, 'Pain Killers' 2004
    Damien Hirst
    Pain Killers 2004
    Four lightboxes
    unconfirmed, each: 1137 x 1563 x 152 mm
    Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010

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.