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Norman Seeff Returns To The Photography Space

Who Shot Rock & Roll photographer Norman Seeff returns to the Annenberg Space for Photography this Saturday to take part in our new Meet & Greet series at Skylight Studios. But this won't be just any Meet & Greet. Seeff will present a free multimedia lecture to attendees!

A little about the photographer: Ex-medical doctor Seeff emigrated from South Africa to New York in 1968 to pursue a career as a photographer, filmmaker and designer. Three years later he relocated to Los Angeles as Art Director at United Artists Records, where his album cover designs and photography received many Grammy nominations. He established his own studio in 1975 and has worked with hundreds of artists including Tina Turner, Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Joni Mitchell.

During this Saturday's Meet & Greet, Seeff will give the multimedia lecture, using his remarkable archive of film and video to illustrate how his photography sessions with so many notable artists became a path towards exploring the inner dynamics of creativity.

After his lecture he will answer audience questions and sign copies of his book, Sessions.

Attendance is free. Seating is first-come, first-served. Skylight Studios is located across the park from the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Above photo by Unique Nicole for the Photography Space

Watch Helmut Newton Shoot Eva Herzigova For 'Vogue'

Last month, we brought you a vintage House of Style video clip that featured a behind-the-scenes of a Helmut Newton photoshoot with Cindy Crawford. 

Here's another clip from that show (circa the early 1990s), which features model Eva Herzigová in a shoot for Vogue magazine. In the video, Newton dispenses some wisdom on his photography, such as the belief that some people tend to overanalyze his images.

"People...they a look at magazines like Vogue," he says, "and they analyze, kind of politically, socially, pictures that are just a fashion photograph."

Click "read more" to watch the video clip.

Meet & Greet With Ed Colver

We're only two presenters in in our new Meet & Greet series at our Skylight Studios facility and its already beena roaring success. Earlier this month, rocker and photographer Henry Rollins kicked the series off with a terrific talk which he followed up with an informal book signing. Look for video of that event on our website very soon.

Just this past weekend, Who Shot Rock & Roll photographer Ed Colver met with fans for our second Meet & Greet. Click "read more" to see photos from that event. Mark your calendars - our next Meet & Greet (featuring Guy Webster) takes place this Sunday from 1-3pm!

All photos by Unique Nicole for the Space.

For the Love of Helmut

By Tara Shannon

Working on location inspired Helmut Newton - and an inspired Helmut was a really playful Helmut.  This snap was taken during a really great shoot for French Vogue in the south of France where everything was flowing effortlessly and he was in a great mood. June was with him and their Hollywood friends were coming by to say hi.  Bob Rafelson brought Jessica Lang who had her newborn daughter with her.

We were in the garden having lunch and everyone was taking pictures of each other, laughing and stepping in on each other’s shots. I started shooting Helmut, pretending that I was him.

He yelled a lot when shooting, so I mimicked him: “Helmut! That’s it! Don’t Move!  Francois, POWDER! , Katia, HAIR! “  Everyone started joining in, telling him to arch his back or find his light. He was actually a really good model!  He liked being teased.  He just loved having fun. He wanted work to be fun. He wanted life to be fun.

I shot with a Pentax Auto 110 that I had bought in Japan. It was a complete ultra-miniature SLR system. fully automatic with no user-settable adjustments.

It was a perfect camera to travel with as a model. I could buy 110 film in any airport and every drugstore in the world could develop it in an hour. He was wild about it. June shot this pic of Helmut and I with that camera.  He called it The Dwarf appealing totally to how he worked- his equipment being as pared down as possible. He found amateur cameras more innovative than professional.  I think my Pentax appealed to him so much because Helmut really and truly  was a reportage photographer at heart. He was the Weegee of the fashion world- a visual shark. He was brilliant at capturing those lurking shadows so full of subtext and pathos that were blatantly hiding within the seemingly superficial.

His point of view was the rabbit hole. He left it up to the viewer to fall down it as deeply as they wanted to go.

Former model Tara Shannon was once referred to as "the woman of a thousand faces." Learn more about her on her official website.

Coming This Fall: National Geographic


Top photo: Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea
Photo by Joel Sartore © 2008 National Geographic

National Geographic is experiencing a landmark birthday this year and we're helping them celebrate.

Coming to the Photography Space this October 26 is our exciting next exhibit: The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years. Organized in collaboration with National Geographic magazine, the show celebrates the iconic publication’s 125 year anniversary. From iconic images to portraits; landscapes to natural history, the exhibit will offer a wide range of photographic genres and themes free to the public in a special print and digital exhibition that will include two documentaries. National Geographic magazine is the official journal of the National Geographic Society.

The curation and installation of The Power of Photography departs from previous Photography Space exhibit designs. Mosaics of more than 400 images documenting the history of National Geographic photography from 1888 to the present time will adorn the walls. In addition, an extensive digital installation will showcase 500-plus images. Thirty professional-grade large format LED monitors will be arranged to create video walls throughout the Photography Space galleries. These six video walls, ranging from 12 to 14 feet in width, will present both individual images and photographic essays. Given the volume of photographs on the screens, and a format in which the images loop at different times throughout the galleries, the viewing experience will be unique to each visitor and each visit.

The exhibit will feature an original documentary commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography and produced by Arclight Productions that profiles six renowned photographers whose work appears in the October National Geographic issue: Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, David Guttenfelder, Abelardo Morell, Joel Sartore and Martin Schoeller. In addition, the Photography Space will also screen a short compilation video comprised of photographers talking about the power of photography and what inspires their work. This compilation will be complemented by a series of longer video interviews with 20 photographers represented in the exhibit and a loop of milestone content videos created over the past several years for the magazine’s digital edition.

The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years opens October 26, 2013 and runs through April 27, 2014. 

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

Helmut Newton On His Winter Home In L.A.

In his autobiography, titled simply enough Autobiography, Helmut Newton‬ wrote about his love of Los Angeles and the famed Chateau Marmont, his winter home for many years.

He wrote: "I Love my winters in the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, where June and I have stayed for the last 26 years. I have this fascination for familiar surroundings...The 'Domestic Nudes' series began by my wanting to photograph rooms of the Chateau Marmont that I know so well, but who would look at pictures of empty rooms? So I added naked women."

The above image, taken by co-owner of the Fahey/Klein Gallery and long-time friend of the Newtons, David Fahey, is part of our outdoor exhibit.

Douglas Bergeron On Helmut Newton's 'Rue Aubriot'


© Estate of Helmut Newton

Last month we presented you the point of view of the above photo (Rue Aubriot) by Helmut Newton from the very model featured in the famous image: Vibeke Knudsen. Today, we bring you the perspective from Knuden's husband, Douglas Bergeron, who is a writer, art historian and art collector.

By Douglas Bergeron

Helmut Newton’s black & white photo, Rue Aubriot, represents the extension of a long artistic tradition dedicated to showing femmes fatales, erotic vampires and alluring denizens of the Paris night. Charles Baudelaire’s spirit curls around the German photographers tableau, where we see echoes of Nadar’s early monochrome photos of great poets & artists. However, it is Brassai’s photographic depictions of his venuses of the crossroads- pictures of Parisian street walkers taken in the early 1930s, which are most often mentioned as an influence on Newton’s work.

In Rue Aubriot, Vibeke Knudsen wears a pinstripped suit (Le Smoking) designed by Yves Saint Laurent. She holds a cigarette with her hair slicked back. The model recalls the androgynous music hall performers of the Weimer republic seen in Otto Dix’s paintings of the period. Newton’s famous photo has been reproduced so many times that it has become an icon in his oeuvre, & like many icons, the image has found a meaning of its own that is decoupled from the influences that may have inspired it.

Androgyny. Woman’s lib. The power of branding: Vibeke’s elegant YSL pant suit can be seen as a symbol of woman’s empowerment & her androgynous appearance illustrates the new norm of contemporary culture. Label:  Today’s heroines must follow a necessary ritual. They wrap themselves in designer names that amplify their power. These names are muttered like an open sesame, an incantation that gives them access to the red carpet.

Perhaps the power of Newton’s photo lies in its classical simplicity, which is highlighted by the subtle gradations of its black and white palette. The modern fashion photograph has become the repository of those classical traditions of posing spawned by early Greek sculpture, traditions that were repeated through the Renaissance and well into the 19th Century. It is on the pages of today’s fashion magazines that our ideals of beauty are preserved and promoted - frozen in poses as old as the Elgin marbles. The classical purity of Newton’s night composition, made on the Rue Aubriot, is etched with a clarity that makes his model much more than just a sophisticated hanger for a fine suit of clothes. Vibeke Knudsen’s still pose and sharp, frozen, silhouette takes her outside the moving processes of time. Rue Aubroit’s streetlamps crystallize Vibeke’s image, transforming her into a dark angel of light that somehow remains beyond our reach.

But Newton’s photo has also made his model part of a famous troop of artfully rendered beauties. Rue Aubroit now hangs amongst a time-honored collection of well-known portraits devoted to those alluring queens of seduction that have decorated the Parisian night.  Rue Aubriot both captures and transcends the spirit of a decade and has become one of the perfect instants of contemporary, post-modern visual mythology. Helmut Newton’s photo will linger in our collective memory for many generations to come.

See this image and over 100 others at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Helmut Newton: White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes.

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