The Light Factory

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In a Nutshell

  • One of only four U.S. museums of photography and film
  • Admission to Members Show
  • Discounts on classes

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Art is in the eye of the beholder, whereas swollen retinas are in the eye of the bee holder. Get soul-stung by provocative and powerful art with today’s Groupon, which gets you membership at The Light Factory, Charlotte’s museum of contemporary film and photography, located on N. College St. Choose one of the following options:

  • For $37, you get a family membership (a $75 value).
  • For $25, you get an individual membership (a $50 value).

As one of only four museums of photography and film in the U.S., The Light Factory promotes the artistic power of photography and film with large-scale exhibitions, major film screenings, image-making classes, and free admission to the museum’s two galleries. With either membership, you’ll get discounts on Light Factory classes, such as Intro To Photoshop CS5 or Nature Photography I, as well as a 10% discount on most museum events. You’ll also get admittance to the annual Members Show, which showcases the aesthetic chops of The Light Factory’s membership base. Aspiring image-catchers can use the membership to gain access to The Light Factory’s darkroom (for an additional charge). Or use the membership to drop into the Sunday Afternoon Salon series, where curator Dennis Kiel and photography-minded guests congregate to study photos, discuss the craft, and have pillow fights.

The Light Factory routinely features world-class photography exhibits, including Suspicious Minds, running through February 6, which examines surrealism in photography and features work by prominent practitioners. The museum also routinely screens a wide array of eye-catching films, such as the upcoming “Wunderkinder: The Directors of New German Cinema” film festival, running October 25–31. Inspire your aesthetic self, or gain the technical prowess to shoot the Sasquatch that’s lurking in your basement, with today’s Groupon to The Light Factory.

Can be used as membership renewal. Family-membership benefits apply to all family members, excluding the Members Show, for which you receive one admission. Individual membership is $25 for students with valid ID and transcript.


The Light Factory has had exhibits featured in Creative Loafing ’s Point 8 blog and has a 4.5-star average from five Yelpers. It also has more than 2,200 Facebook fans:

  • The arrival of sultry weather is a sure sign that it’s time to head over to The Light Factory for the Members Show and the Annuale. This is the third year that these shows — one egalitarian, the other selective — have been paired. – Barbara Schreiber, Point 8
  • What's not to like about a place that would front money for a week long Zombie film festival featuring George Romero himself? Been a member of the light factory for a few years and I always enjoy their exhibits and film festivals. Its a good organization with a great sense of humor and purpose. I'm glad they are around. – Ami T., Yelp

The Light Factory

Photographers, filmmakers, and fans of both art forms unite at the Light Factory, a buzzing cultural center on Charlotte's Central Avenue. Here, visionaries of all stripes have the chance to express their creativity amid the acclaimed—and oftentimes, infamous—images that line the gallery walls. 

In addition to attending events and gathering for exhibitions, folks interested in improving their own skills can enroll in the Light Factory's array of classes. During these sessions, students learn about black-and-white photography, portraiture, and how to handle DSLR cameras, which are especially difficult to house train.

Customer Reviews

Amazing class!! I feel like I now have a much better understanding of my DSLR camera and feel way more confident taking it off auto. When the class started I had no idea what shutter, iso, and aperture were and thought I was in way over my head, but they broke everything down and now I feel like I have a great foundation and can't wait to experiment with the techniques I learned.
Sara M. · February 2, 2017
Good tips for the Groupon rate. I feel more confident using the features on my DSLR.
Whitney S. · March 1, 2016
Good introductory course.
Lane O. · January 18, 2016
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