Director/choreographer/producer Adam Shankman stopped by the Photography Space recently to see The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years. Hope you enjoyed the exhibit, Adam - thanks for visiting!
On October 24 and October 26, CBS This Morning broadcast an interview with Wallis. In her first-ever national television interview, Wallis talked to CBS' Bill Whitaker about her philanthropic work, her signature projects and their impact on the Los Angeles community.
You can see the interview that aired on October 24 here.
You can see the interview that aired on October 26 here.
In conjunction with the interview, CBS This Morning posted a slideshow of images from The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years, which you can see here.
What was your first experience with National Geographic?
Straight out of college, I got a job at National Geographic as a photo researcher, an entry-level position. I was an art and anthropology major; I really wanted to explore the world, and this job was my way of doing that. Photography became the catalyst for many adventures.
In the beginning, I started shooting educational material, travel books and ads for films. My first big assignment was to shoot the Russian circus during the communist era.
Somehow I was always able to get the photo. I think a lot of my success came from creating good relationships with fixers and people who traveled with me. I truly believe it’s all about the people you connect with, who, in turn, connect you with your subjects.
What makes this exhibition unique, in comparison to other exhibitions at the Photography Space?
We were inspired to incorporate new video technology by telling stories on “video walls.” From a curatorial standpoint, we realized is the first time an exhibit has been done on this scale, in this way, especially for the Annenberg Space for Photography. Until recently, screen resolutions were not up to speed or to the caliber where photographers wanted to see their images on a screen rather than in print.
Now, when the images come up on the screen, it’s like looking at a big transparency, like looking through a loupe on a light box, which is a beautiful way to see this work.
What joys and difficulties have this project presented?
The biggest joy was seeing the video concept work. I loved seeing it evolve into something tangible. We all really wanted to make something spectacular, yet there was no guidebook, no how-to manual.
There was a lot of work on National Geographic’s part to gather all of the materials – more than 500 images, a caption for each image and the introductory text describing each exhibit theme. Then we had to figure out how to conform these materials to our tech capabilities – the processors, the screens, the software. It was quite an adventure to get everything to the place where it is now.
Professional skateboarder and contemporary artist Ed Templeton and his wife Deanna visited the Photography Space last weekend to check out the Helmut Newton exhibit. Haven't seen the exhibit yet? Drop by this weekend! In addition to our regular weekend hours, we're open on Labor Day from 11am-6pm.