Henry Rollins Rocks IRIS Nights

It was an honor to have Henry Rollins take part in IRIS Nights last night. Rollins spoke about his travels around the globe and the photographs he took of the different people and cultures during those trips. The Photography Space was packed - standing room only! One of those in the crowd was featured photographer, Ed Colver, whose photo of Rollins greets visitors as on an oversized layover on the front door of our building.

Rollins, Colver, and his giant image of the rocker on the door in the same place at the same time? That's a rare moment so there was only one thing we could do: post-lecture, we had Rollins and Colver pose in front of the door and we got the cool shot above!

We'll have Rollins' lecture on our site soon and Colver himself will take the IRIS Nights stage in September.

Photo by Unique Nicole for the Space.

Spotted at the Space: Diane Keaton

Does that face look familiar? It should. That's Diane Keaton, who stopped by to take in Who Shot Rock & Roll before the show ends next month. The Hollywood legend said she loved the exhibit and the accompanying orginal film. Keaton (seen here with our very own ASP legend, Marissa), gracisouly agreed to pose for a picture but wanted to stand in front of the Elvis Presley (she must be a big fan!) video which greets guests as they enter the Space. Glad you enjoyed the exhibit, Diane!

Announcing Our Meet & Greet Series!

Musician, author, photographer and previous Iris Nights lecturer Henry Rollins returns to the Annenberg Space for Photography this Saturday to kick off our Meet & Greet series. This brand new program will allow visitors to interact with photographers, photo editors and other guests at Skylight Studios, our recently opened multi-media venue located directly across from the Space for Photography. Unlike the Iris Nights lectures, the format for each Meet & Greet event will vary by photographer but no matter the format, attendees will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the featured guest.

Our first set of Meet & Greet events will include some of the legendary artists featured in Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film. In addition to Rollins, photographers Ed Colver, Guy Webster and Norman Seeff will be part of our inaugural Meet & Greet slate. Check our weekly Iris Nights enewsletters for details. After the Meet & Greet, stick around to watch Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film, which screens throughout the day at Skylight Studios.

Rollins' Meet & Greet will take place on Saturday, August 10 from 2-3pm. Rollins has spent over three decades traveling to over 80 countries and always keeps a camera close at hand. During the event, he will discuss his photographic work, share why he goes where he goes and what happens when he gets there. Rollins will also sign copies of one of his book Occupants, which will be available for purchase.

The Meet & Greet series is free, and no reservations are required. Please note that photographers will only sign items available for purchase at Skylight Studios.

Upcoming Meet & Greet events are below:

Henry Rollins
August 10 from 2-3pm

Ed Colver
August 17 from 1-3pm

Guy Webster
August 25 from 1-3pm

Norman Seeff
September 7 from 1-3pm

Coming This Summer: 'Who Shot Rock & Roll?'

We're very excited about our next exhibit, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present! The show, which features 166 prints by over 100 photographers, was originally shown and created by the Brooklyn Museum. The summer exhibit will include an original documentary Annenberg Space for Photography film (as we always do) with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of photographers Ed Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger and Guy Webster. There'll also be appearances by rock stars Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins. Click here for more information. Mark June 23 down on your calendar!

Portugal. The Man At Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live

Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live continued over the weekend with the second of three concerts we are presenting with KCRW - and what a show it was! The night served to bring people together to celebrate music and photography  as well as commemorate the 40th anniversary of T. Rex's influential album The Slider - all for free! Portugal. The Man put on an amazing show - one that people were still talking about days afterward.

Droves of people filled the park outside of the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Everyone was in good spirits at this all ages show. Some adults even let out their more youthful and care-free side.

There was a line to enter to see the Who Shot Rock & Roll photography exhibit all day long.

One of the exhibit's featured photographers, Ed Colver, who also attended the Moby concert earlier this month, showed up with his lovely wife Karin.

Before the show, the members of Portugal. The Man came up to the Annenberg Foundation to play for a live televised news segment.

KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox & Gary Calamar began the entertainment part of the night by spinning some records.

The crowd had a good time listening to music...

...and dancing!

A concertgoer proudly shows off his newly purchased Who Shot Rock & Roll t-shirt!

Portugal. The Man came on stage shortly after 8 o'clock playing their own songs as well as covers of T. Rex tunes.

The band has even compiled their own YouTube video playlist inspired by the exhibit.

The crowd - really energized by the music!

The band ended their fantastic hour and a half-long set with a lively rendition of the Beatles' "Hey Jude."

Thanks to everyone who came out to this magical night to enjoy rock & roll images and rock & roll music. Our third (and final!) show in the free concert series with Band of Skulls & Raphael Saadiq will be Saturday, August 4. Find more information about that night here.

(All images by Unique Nicole for the Space)

David Corio Shot Rock: The Photographer on His Image of Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Nashville Rooms, London © David Corio

By David Corio

The Nashville Room was a big grotty venue on the corner of Cromwell Road and North End Row in West Kensington. It was a music mecca in the 1970s where many bands including the Sex Pistols, The Police, U2 and Joy Division got some of their first shows. This was an early gig for The Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde was already making a name for herself as she was close to several hip music journalists. I hadn’t been commissioned but was curious about the band as they were generating so much buzz. As with many of the shows here it was packed and the heat was almost unbearable. It was best to arrive early, particularly on a cold night as it could take ages for the camera lenses to warm up and lose their condensation. There is nothing more frustrating than being at a show and only being able to get soft focus photos.

As usual the small stage lights weren't very bright so I uprated my Tri-X film to 1600ASA to avoid camera shake and blur. It was virtually impossible to squeeze to the front of the tiny stage and with so many heads in the way the only alternative was to climb onto a table and balance on it to get a better vantage point. It gave me a clear view before being pushed off after about ten minutes but I managed to shoot half a roll of film - quite a luxury.

By this stage the music scene was being labeled 'post punk' and it was easier to take photos during this time than it was during punk's heyday a year or so earlier when the audience would be pogo dancing and spitting at the stage. Invariably being at the front photographers would come out the worse for wear. That is part of the punk scene I don't miss at all!

See David Corio's other images in Who Shot Rock & Roll, currently showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography. To learn more about the photographer and his work visit his official website.

Watch The Who Shot Rock & Roll Video Teaser

"I want my MTV?" Not this summer when the new music catchphrase will be "I want my ASP." Via the above 30 second video teaser, take a peek at what you'll see when Who Shot Rock & Roll rolls into the Annenberg Space for Photography this summer. Mark your calendars for opening day: June 23.

David Corio Shot Rock & Roll: The Photographer on His Image of Salt-N-Pepa

Salt-N-Pepa, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1994

By David Corio

The policy for live shows at most large venues since the 1980s allows photographers with press passes to shoot the first three songs at the front of the stage or in the aisles and then must leave the venue. This is primarily as the record companies and publicists don't want their artists to be captured looking sweaty and with their hair out of place. Of course it also takes away from the real atmosphere of a concert as you can guarantee it will be the fourth song when the artist gets into their groove.

When shooting concerts with swirling, flashing lights and, particularly with black musicians, getting the best from film is very important. In order to get the best exposure, I always have the camera exposure setting on manual over-ride. I'll normally uprate the film to 800 or 1600 ASA and with black and white film you can always compensate in the darkroom and the added graininess gives a more contrasty gritty image that I prefer as well.

Henri Cartier-Bresson's term "The Decisive Moment" is one that most photographers will be familiar with. It is a great feeling when you know you have got the picture after pressing the shutter. Then of course you hope that it is in focus and that the exposure is correct! That was the case with this image. It was difficult to get Salt, Pepa and DJ Spinderella all in one frame as Spinderella was normally behind the decks. Fortunately, during the third number she came to the front and the trio did some  choreographed moves with their male dancers. It meant being patient and hoping to get all of their heads visible and, despite a lot of dry ice, I knew that I had my shot once I pressed the shutter.

See David Corio's other images in Who Shot Rock & Roll, currently showing at the Annenberg Space for Photography. To learn more about the photographer and his work visit his official website.

Come Rock Out At the Photo Space

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955 - Present will debut at the Annenberg Space for Photography in what seems like no time. Once here, visitors will be able to take in the amazing images, music videos and original documentary that are all part of the exhibit. But, that's not all. To further celebrate the exhibit (and also take advantage of the great summer weather in Los Angeles!), we're offering a free summer concert series that will feature Moby, Portugal. The Man, Raphael Saadiq and Band of Skulls. Very cool, right? We think so.

On the nights of these special concerts, which are being put together in conjuction with our friends over at KCRW, the Photography Space will remain open until 11pm so guests can come to the galleries to experience the exhibition once the artists have put down their guitars and turned off their mics.

Details and dates are here. Be a part of the fun and RSVP for your free tickets now. Hope to see you all there!

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