Just days after the opening of BEAUTY CULTURE, Leonard Nimoy visited the Space to take in the featured images and also check out his own photos in the exhibit. He'll be back at the Space again later this year, this time to discuss his photography as part of our IRIS Nights lecture series. Thanks for stopping by, Leonard, and we'll see you in September!
Opening up the BEAUTY CULTURE season of IRIS Nights last night was award-winning photographer Jill Greenberg. Jill has shot for such magazines as Time, Wired, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly - the list really just goes on and on and on.
Jill has been taking photographs since she was a little girl. She showed us this adorable photo of herself holding a toy camera, portending things to come in her adult life!
Jill's photographic work has a strong feminist point of view. One of her series features the United States Olympic synchronized swim team wading in a swimming pool - all while wearing heels!
Jill has quite a bit of experience photographing some of Hollywood's most famous beauties. She's shot her signature style of portraits for a slew of female celebrities including Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore, Jada Pinkett Smith Lindsay Lohan (above).
Jill has found herself under criticism for her "End Times" series in which she photographed several two-and-a-half and three-year old crying children. During the shoot, Jill took candy away from the kids in order to make them cry.
Jill defended herself explaining that the toddlers's tears don't mean that they were in any sort of pain during the photo shoot or will have any kind of permanent damage. As she said, her own kids cry when they refuse to go to sleep at bed-time!
Jill's been photographing animals pretty often these days. She's taken portraits of bears, horses and monkeys. Art collectors all over the world have been buying up prints for her popular monkey series.
The local NBC affiliate in LA came down to cover the exhibit and interview Jill about her IRIS Nights lecture. You can watch that news clip here.
Thanks to Jill and everyone who attended the lecture for making the first BEAUTY CULTURE version of IRIS Nights such a big success!
(All lecture images by Unique for the Space. Childhood photo by Jill Greenberg)
Last night, the Annenberg Space for Photography hosted the opening gala for our newest exciting exhibit BEAUTY CULTURE, an event which represented beauty in many different forms. Here are photographers Paul Lange and Tyen starting their initial tour of the exhibit.
Hundreds of party-goers enjoyed the photography inside and outside of the Space amidst a crowd filled with photographers, celebrities, supermodels and everyone in between.
Annenberg Foundation Executive Director Leonard Aube took to the stage to thank all of the photographers whose work is included in the exhibit, such as the three of the four featured photographers; Tyen, Melvin Sokolsky and Lauren Greenfield. The fourth featured photographer in our exhibit - Albert Watson - unfortunately couldn't make the party. He was definitely missed!
One of the highlights of the evening was a special surprise performance from burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese. At the start of her show, Dita emerging from a giant sparkling compact!
Her act, which wowed the guests, brings back glamour from a bygone era in a big way.
Supermodels Gisele and Alek Wek, both featured in photographs in BEAUTY CULTURE, looked twice as stunning standing next to one another.
Annenberg Foundation Chairman, President and CEO Wallis Annenberg excitedly greeted featured photographer Tyen at the event. It was Wallis's initial vision that made the Space available to the public.
Actress Sophia Bush takes in the iconic Herb Ritts photo that greets guests at the entrance to the exhibit.
Lawrence Ho, who was one of the 11 featured photographers in our inaugural exhibit L8S ANG3LES, seen here with fellow guest and "Pictures of the Year International" contributor (and recent Pulitzer Prize winner!) Barbara Davidson.
Photo Space Talent & Content Director, Patricia Lanza, is seen here with Matthew Rolston, who has several of his images in BEAUTY CULTURE.
Two Hollywood beauties: Halle Berry and Katie Holmes.
Photographer Susan Anderson poses in front of one of her photographs. Those of you who live in Los Angeles may have seen this image all over the city as it is as part of our street banner campaign.
Melvin stands in front of one of his images of model Peggy Moffitt.
Moffitt was at the event and posed alongside Alek Wek: beauties from two different generations!
Exhibit consultant Manon Slome poses inside of the Space.
Lauren chats with "The Pink Lady," the subject of several of her photos and one of the people interviewed for the BEAUTY CULTURE digital feature.
Thanks to everyone for a terrific celebration of this great new exhibit. BEAUTY CULTURE runs now through November 27. Come see it and find out what beauty means to you!
All images by Chris Weeks.
Los Angeles Times staff photographer Barbara Davidson was awarded a Pulitzer Prize today in the feature-photography category for her work documenting the victims and the families of gang-related crimes. You may remember that these same images were included in last year's
"Pictures of the Year International
" show at the Space. Big congratulations to Barbara!
Barbara was featured in the digital feature for the show and had this to say about her work covering the gang violence for the Times:
"There are a lot of gang stories that we cover. We cover the shooting, we go to funerals and then we stop. We don't show really what happens to these people and how their lives are completely altered. I wanted to follow those stories through.
Click here to watch the digital feature of last year's
"Pictures of The Year International
" which follows Barbara on location and on the job.
(Top image from Christina House of the Los Angeles Times. Other images from POYi digital feature)
The Space has been open for over two years now and our seventh exhibition will be here sooner than you think - May 21st to be exact. We couldn't be more excited!
BEAUTY CULTURE is a photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern society. The exhibition will include images from some of the most highly respected and world-renowned photographers in the beauty and fashion world.
© Felicia Webb
BEAUTY CULTURE will feature 170 images in our print show and over 500 in the digital one - one of our largest shows ever!
Quick note: Keep in mind that BEAUTY CULTURE does include graphic images, such as those of explicit medical procedures and nudity, and may not be appropriate for all ages.
Donna O'Meara is the last
" featured photographer to participate in our IRIS Nights elcture series. You may remember that her husband (and fellow volcanologist) Stephen O'Meara was the very first lecturer for the exhibit. Donna delivered a terrific, inspirational lecture about volcanoes, passion and the journey of life.
Donna, who lives on top of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, started her lecture by reciting a traditional Hawaiian thank you chant - a first at IRIS Nights.
She showed the audience photos from her wedding to Stephen, which took place on top of Kilauea. You can't tell in the photo above, but they both wore sneakers during ceremony - just in case they needed to run for their lives!
Donna recounted the time when National Geographic first hired her and Stephen for a photo shoot. The magazine let them choose the volcano they wanted to photograph. The two eventually decided on one located in Stromboli, Italy where they camped out for 39 days and survived 534 eruptions.
This expedition led to her and Stephen's own National Geographic television special titled Volcano Hunters!
Donna's theme of accomplishing what you want no matter the obstacle carried over to her story about her journey to Antarctica in 2009. It was on that trip that she met Barbara Jones, the 94-year-old only living child of Edward Nelson, the explorer who was part of the first official British exploration of Antarctica.
Donna became close to Barbara during the trip. She explained that she had always wanted to see the place where her father worked on the continent. Tragically, Barbara passed away during the trip.
Donna's volcanologist boots have been on display during the entire run of
" She said that even though she has a new pair, she wants her old ones back because they are so comfortable.
Donna ended her talk with words of inspiration and encouragement. No matter how old you are, make sure your dreams come true!
She stuck around to sign copies of the several books on volcanoes she has written over the years.
Thanks for the motivational talk, Donna. And don't worry, your boots are on their way back to your home in Hawaii!
(All lecture images by Unique for the Space. All others are by Donna O'Meara)
" featured photographer Paul Nicklen's photos of wild animals in the polar regions have awed many who have seen this terrific show. Last night, it was Paul's time to awe IRIS Nights lecture attendees with his amazing stories of what went into capturing those images.
The Space was jam-packed! Over 200 people attended the lecture, which sold out in a matter of seconds when tickets first went on sale a couple of weeks ago.
Paul's message is clearly one of environmental conservation. He cares passionately about the environment and explained that if the polar caps lose their ice, they will also lose polar bears an absolutely frightening thought!
One of the many death-defying moments he recounted in his lecture was the story related to the photograph above. During a trip to the Arctic, Paul's lightweight aircraft experienced engine trouble though he still kept taking pictures during the entire incident! According to Paul, it was all worth it because being able to photograph thousands of narwhals in the Arctic is not all that common!
Why does Paul enjoy taking so many close-up images of animals? He does it because he feels people would care more about them when they are seen in a more intimate light.
During his talk, Paul played several
" video clips of himself photographing in the wild. It was great to see how someone in the situation above...
...could end up with this amazing photo!
Paul also recounted the story of his four-day interaction with a female leopard seal who repeatedly attempted to gift Paul a penguin while both were underwater. Despite their sharp teeth, Paul insists that they are very gentle, kind animals.
Paul re-iterated his message of environmental protection throughout his lecture but he managed to inject quite a bit humor into his talk with a his funny deadpan delivery.
How can you help the environment? Paul wants us all to "chill out."
Before he left for the night, Paul stuck around to sign copies of his book, Polar Obsession. The cover of the book features one of his favorite photos - that of a polar bear and his reflection in the clear, glassy waters!
(All images by Unique for the Space)
The folks at Arclight Productions (they've produced the digital feature films and
"Voice of the Photographer
" segments for our exhibitions to date) went on location to shoot footage of each of the five photographers featured in Extreme Exposure. Here are some pictures of the crew braving the frigid waters off of the coast of British Columbia.
So what brought them to Canada? Paul Nicklen's preference for shooting in cold climates, of course.
Looks chilly, guys! Luckily for the rest of us, we can enjoy the Extreme Exposure exhibition in the warm, cozy comfort of the Space!
Check out Arclight's end result here.
Thanks to everyone who made Father's Day at the Space a huge success. We had almost 900 visitors come to celebrate the holiday and check out our immensely popular BEAUTY CULTURE exhibit. Staff members took complimentary photographs of guests who visited that day and free refreshments were served as well.
We hope everyone had a spectacular Father's day!
Model and actress Amber Valletta, who popped into the Space recently to take in BEAUTY CULTURE, poses in front of a photograph of herself featured in the exhibit.
Spotted at the Space just this past weekend was a living music legend - Mick Jagger!