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The Photography Space Re-opens Its Doors

"Who Shot Rock & Roll" finally opened to the public on Saturday and people came out in droves. This was our largest opening weekend ever!

Some visitors really wanted to make sure they were the first people to see the exhibit. Jennifer & Allison (pictured above) showed up about an hour early just to be sure they would be the first guests to walk through our doors when we re-opened to the public.

Featured "Who Shot Rock & Roll" photographer Ed Colver also showed up that day and graciously chatted with staff and even signed books for those who purchased them at the front desk.

Have you seen the show? What do you think?

Heart Makes Magic on Stage at "Who Shot Rock & Roll" Gala

Last night's opening gala at the Photograhy Space was rockin'! It was a great celebration of photography and music amidts a crowd of hundreds of rock & rollers and photographers.

The hundreds of people in attendance were treated to a special surprise performance by the one and only Heart! The group sounded amazing and played an energetic five song set list of some of their classics including "Barracuda" & "Crazy on You." They opened their performance with "Even it Up." Watch a short clip of that above.

We'll have photos from last night's gala to share soon. Stay tuned!

Rock & Roll Unites All Segments of the Nation

By Exhibition Curator, Gail Buckland

Who Shot Rock and Roll opened at the Brooklyn Museum late in October 2009. Thousands turned out for the opening with live music by Blondie.  We were all ready for a rock & roll party after the economic downturn and other depressing news.  It is amazing how great photographs of one of the most significant social revolutions of all time can make spirits soar.

The Annenberg Space for Photography's hosting of the exhibition may be the last venue on a nine-museum tour across America.  There is always something special about the East Coast/West Coast - the country’s bookends - connection.  But, rock & roll is a powerful thread that unites all segments of the nation. 

At almost every venue, people who never crossed the threshold of an art museum, entered and were entranced.  Regular visitors discovered, or rediscovered, that great photography - no matter what the subject - is also great art.  And, people asked me, over and over again, “why hasn’t there been an exhibition like this before?”

The answer lies, in part, because I chose the photographs on their merit, not simply because of who was in them.  My approach to curating Who Shot Rock and Roll is exactly the same as any other art exhibition I have organized - do the research; visit the artists; go through their archives; ask questions that have not been asked before; select photographs that are worthy of hanging on museum walls and inclusion in the larger histories of photography, art and culture; write a catalogue and wall labels that illuminate the subject and provide new information and insight into the pictures.  Music photographers have been treated as outsiders.  My mission is to acknowledge the enormous contribution of the men and women who photographed rock and gave it its image.

Who Shot Rock & Roll opens at the Annenberg Space for Photography on June 23, 2012.

Watch: 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' Trailer

Only 11 days until Who Shot Rock & Roll opens at the Space for Photography. At this very minute, our staff is hard at work hanging the art on our gallery walls and putting the finishing touches on the accompanying short documentary film. People have been buzzing about this show for months and we can't wait until it opens to the public so we can share these incredible images with all of you.

Just ahead of the show, we're debuting this brand new 2-minute video trailer about the exhibit and the film, which includes original interviews with our featured photographers (such as Mark Seliger, Jill Furmanovsky and Lynn Goldsmith) as well as legendary rock & rollers Alice Cooper and Noel Gallagher. Pretty cool, right? Click the embeded video above to watch the trailer and let us know what you think!

Lynn Goldsmith Photographs Bruce Springsteen for the First Time

Bruce Springsteen, New York City © 1972 Lynn Goldsmith

By Lynn Goldsmith

I met Bruce in April of 1972.  It was my first assignment for Rolling Stone. They told me he was the Bob Dylan of the ‘70s. The article was going to be called “It’s Sign up a Genius Month.” Because the shoot was set to take place in a dark bar on Bleecker Street in New York, I knew I could not depend on available light. I would need a flash. I’d never used one before and thought this “genius” is going to know I’m stupid.

Six years later Bruce told me what he was thinking the first time I took his picture. He said, “I thought a Rolling Stone photographer; a girl who lives in New York City - she knows what she’s doing. She’s going to think I’m just this guy with a bar band from New Jersey. She’s going to think I’m a dope.”

Who Shot Rock & Roll, which features more photographs by Lynn Goldsmith, opens at the Annenberg Space for Photography on June 23. Learn more about Lynn at www.lynngoldsmith.com.

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!

Mother's Day at The Space

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate Mother's Day at the Space for Photography on Sunday! There was complimentary food and drinks on hand for everyone who came in to celebrate mothers and take in the final days of our current exhibit, Digital Darkroom. Those who stopped in even had the option to have their photo taken (like the adorable one above!) and share it via Facebook, Twitter or just plain old email. We hope everyone had a marvelous time and an outstanding Mother's Day!

Celebrate Mothers At the Space for Photography

Martine Roch, The Good Kids (2009)

Mother's Day is coming up - in fact it's this Sunday! If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city's restaurants during brunch, why not visit the Annenberg Space for Photography to see our soon to close exhibit, Digital Darkroom. In honor of the holiday and moms everywhere, our staff will take free photos of guests which they can share during their visit via email, Facebook or Twitter.  We'll also have complimentary treats available for everyone.

Fine art photography, food and pictures of your family to commemorate the day: what a great way to celebrate your mom and make her proud.

The Final Days of Digital Darkroom

The last day to see Digital Darkroom is May 28 (Memorial Day!) and that date is right around the corner. Not only does that mean that those lovely street banners all over town will be coming down soon but so will the photographs currently hanging on the ASP gallery walls. Seems like the show just opened but in fact there are only a few mere weeks left to see the exhibit in person.

For those who have yet to experience Digital Darkroom, come for the first time and for those who have, drop by for a second or even third time! Pick up a pair of free 3D glasses and enjoy the 3D images on display; watch the original 30-minute documentary film in beautiful 4K resolution; See the 14-minute 3D film in our special screening room; Most of all, come immerse yourself in the astounding worlds created by the 17 artists and photographers.

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