About the Space

About the Space

A Cultural Destination for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, 4K digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, and it creates a new paradigm in the world of photography.

Photo by: © 2009 Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai

Photography is one of the most accessible and personal forms of art. We see the creation of the Annenberg Space for Photography as a service to the community where visitors can see the world through a different lens and leave feeling motivated to make positive change.

Wallis Annenberg

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation

Philanthropic Mission

The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance public well-being through improved communication.

With its long history of grantmaking to support the exchange of ideas and knowledge, the Foundation is enhancing its direct involvement in the community. The Annenberg Space for Photography informs and inspires the public by connecting photographers, philanthropy and the human experience through powerful imagery and stories.

Design and Architecture

The interior design is influenced by the mechanics of a camera and its lens. The central, circular digital gallery is contained within the square building to create an architectural metaphor for a convex lens. Even the ceiling features a striking, iris-like design that is reminiscent of the aperture of a lens.

The Space is a cultural environment where people can exchange ideas, learn and explore different topics, and is designed to serve many different functions. In addition to the print and digital galleries, the rear portion of the building features a photography reading room and a workshop area that includes a residential-style kitchen for special programs.

Architecture by AECOM Design (formerly DMJM Design)

Technology at the Space

Cutting-edge technology meets artistry

Seamless 13’ glass screens display photography in 4K resolution with stunning clarity and saturation. The Digital Gallery allows for the display of thousands of images in a comparatively small location. In addition to showing images from the exhibiting photographers, the Digital Gallery screens short documentary films created to accompany the print exhibits.

Annenberg Foundation Trustees

Wallis Annenberg

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation

Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, is a visionary who strives to improve the well-being of people and communities throughout the world. Wallis has spent much of her life focused on philanthropy dedicated to education, communications, arts and culture, medical research, animal welfare, social justice and environmental stewardship.

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten

Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten is a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation and founder of GRoW @ Annenberg, a philanthropic initiative of the Annenberg Foundation. GRoW’s mission is to support a broad range of innovative projects and organizations providing opportunities to address social and cultural issues, meet urgent community needs, and offer inspiration and collaboration — all with the goal of improving the quality of life in communities here and around the world.

Gregory has a degree in political science from Stanford University. He worked as a journalist at The Times of London before embarking on a career as an artist. His work has been shown in galleries and private collections throughout Europe and the U.S.

Gregory is a member of various boards including the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, the National Parks Foundation,  the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the USA Foundation of The American Library in Paris, the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet and the American Friends of the Louvre. He is also a member of the President’s Council at the J. Paul Getty Trust and a member of the Chairman’s Council at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Along with his wife and philanthropic partner Regina, Gregory is active in the lives of his two children and, through them, is helping shape the next generation of philanthropy.

Charles Annenberg Weingarten

Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation and founder of explore.org, a philanthropic media organization.

Charles Annenberg Weingarten is a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation and founder of explore.org, a philanthropic media organization. A filmmaker and philanthropist, he has directed and produced more than 300 short films, covering an inspiring range of people, places and nonprofits around the globe.

Annenberg Weingarten created Dog Bless You, a platform for celebrating the guardians of the human spirit, and uses it as forum to pair service dogs and war vets with PTSD. He also created and developed Pearls of the Planet, the world’s largest network of live nature cams, which was established in partnership with global steward organizations and media outlets spanning the world and streams worldwide on explore.org.

An innovator to traditional board room philanthropy, Annenberg Weingarten lives by the mantra “never stop learning.”

Lauren Bon

Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation

Lauren Bon serves as a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation. She is a graduate of Princeton University and MIT and holds degrees in architecture and the history and theory of art. She lived in London for more than a decade and currently lives in Los Angeles where she is raising a son and a daughter.

Lauren’s work as a Director is most notable for her project-based philanthropy and her studio for practice, the Metabolic Studio.


Visiting and Private Events

How much is admission to the Annenberg Space for Photography?

Admission to the exhibits at the Space is free. Some workshops, forums and other special events may require registration fees.

How often do exhibits change at the Photography Space?

Exhibits change every three to six months.

How do I arrange a tour of the Space?

You can learn more about our daily tours for individuals and group tours here. To arrange a group tour, please complete our online School & Group Request form.

Can I hold a private event at Annenberg Space for Photography?

For more information or questions about renting the Photo Space for your event, please email events@annenbergphotospace.org.

Are you hiring? Where can I send my resume?

Job openings are listed on the Annenberg Foundation’s website. All inquiries regarding employment should be sent to jobs@annenbergfoundation.org.

I am a photographer and would love my work to be exhibited at the Photography Space. How do I submit my work?

Because of overwhelming interest, we unfortunately cannot accept unsolicited submissions at this time.

Iris Nights Lectures

How do I register for Iris Nights lectures?

Registration for Iris Nights is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit our programming page for a list of upcoming events.

The tickets sell out quickly – why does this happen?

Since the lectures launched in 2009, they have grown tremendously in popularity. Due to the size of our venue, we have more interest in the lecture series than we can accommodate. Make sure you’ve signed up for our newsletter to be among the first to know when new events are announced.

I can’t attend the lecture. Is there another way for me to see it?

Most of our Iris Nights lectures will be available on Facebook live. Make sure to like our page to receive notifications when events begin. Videos will live in our feed thereafter. To view a past lectures, visit the Watch page.

I registered online for an Iris Nights lecture, but the tickets were never sent to my email account. What should I do?

If you receive a web page confirmation after registering for a lecture online but do not receive an email confirmation, your ticket(s) have most likely been reserved. We find that tickets often don’t make their way to the recipient due to a misspelled email address in Eventbrite. Please review your email address in your Eventbrite profile, or feel free to contact us if you would like to confirm that your name is on the list of registrants.

Once I arrive at Annenberg Photo Space for a lecture, how do I check in?

You have two options for checking in at the lecture: bring your printed ticket with you or simply provide your name to the Staff Member at the Front Desk when checking in.

I arrived at the lecture at 6:50pm, and the doors were closed! I had a ticket for the lecture – what happened?

Guests are asked to arrive and be seated by 6:50pm at the latest. Once we’ve reached capacity, we are obligated to restrict further guests from entering. Signs are placed outside the main entrance to notify the public we’ve reached capacity. Parking validations for guests who are not able to enter the lectures are available outside the main entrance.

How do I cancel my Iris Nights lecture ticket reservation?

If you have reserved a ticket to one of our Iris Nights lectures and find that you are unable to attend, please notify us by email at info@annenbergspaceforphotography.org


2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067


See parking info on visit page for construction detours

Plan Your Visit



Wed – Sun:
11AM – 6PM
Mon – Tue: Closed

Free Admission