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Exclusive Offer to Friends of the Annenberg Space for Photography

Photo l.a. is extending a special invitation to friends and supporters of the Annenberg Space for Photography. On Thursday, January 16th (6 - 9 PM), the opening evening of photo l.a. 2014 will honor photographer Douglas Kirkland and benefit Inner-City Arts. To attend this opening gala free of charge, click here.

Please be advised that seats are limited, and this offer is first-come, first-served.

David Guttenfelder on Photojournalism in North Korea

David Guttenfelder

David Guttenfelder is one of the photographers featured in our current exhibit, The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years.  He is the first western photojournalist with regular access inside North Korea. His Instagram account provides an uncensored look at daily life in the world's most secretive country.  Click "Read More" to watch a short video in which he discusses his experiences in North Korea.

Wallis Annenberg on CBS This Morning

Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, was interviewed by CBS This Morning.

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 here.

In conjunction with the interview, CBS This Morning posted a slideshow of images from The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years.

Interview with Patricia Lanza - Director of Talent and Content for The Annenberg Space for Photography

Next year, the craft of photography turns 175 years old. This October, the National Geographic Society celebrates the 125th anniversary of both National Geographic magazine and the Society itself.  What started as an idea for a commemorative exhibit quickly evolved into a groundbreaking multimedia experience, and a first for the Annenberg Space for Photography. We sat down with our Director of Talent and Content Patricia Lanza, a former National Geographic staff photographer,  who gave us a rundown of what to expect from this awe-inspiring exhibition.

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.