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The Iris Nights lecture series is a public program offered free of charge, by online reservation, on a first-come, first-served basis. The series brings to life the most current exhibit with presentations by featured photographers and other notable experts and guest artists. It takes place from 6:30-8pm Thursday evenings at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios, located directly across the park from the Photography Space.  For additional information on our Iris Nights lecture series, please refer to our FAQs.

Watch free videos of previous lectures in the Past Lectures section.

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Lecture Series Schedule and Information:

Michael Wilson and Shannon Perich
Finding Light
Thursday, July 24, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, July 16 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, July 17 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, July 18 at 9:30am PDT.

Michael Wilson is a freelance photographer who has worked extensively in the music industry, photographing artists such as Lyle Lovett, B.B. King and Waylon Jennings and working with a list of clients that includes Warner Bros. Records, Sony Music and MCA Records.

Shannon Thomas Perich is the curator in the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History and project director for the new Culture floor opening in 2017. She is the author of The Changing Face in Portrait Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital and Portrait of A Family about Richard Avedon's 1961 photographs of the John F. Kennedy Family.

In their lecture, Wilson and Perich will discuss Wilson’s photographs as seen in Country: Portraits of an American Sound, as well as and his other work. Wilson, who has built a steady career of making photographs for the music industry will also talk about working with musicians and art directors, finding locations and other variables that go into a photo session.

Amelia Davis (speaking about Jim Marshall)
“It’s Never Just Been a Job, It’s Been My Life” – J.M.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, July 23 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, July 24 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, July 25 at 9:30am PDT.

Amelia Davis is an accomplished, award-winning photographer who has published three books of her own work and been included in numerous gallery and juried exhibitions. She was also famed photographer Jim Marshall's assistant for his last thirteen years and is now the sole owner and manager of Jim Marshall Photography LLC.

Davis will be presenting a slide presentation of Marshall’s extraordinary life’s work that documented music icons and national culture, from the 1950’s North Beach jazz scene in San Francisco through the turmoil of the 60’s and the rock & roll explosion in America. Marshall was the only photographer at Johnny Cash’s groundbreaking concerts at Folsom and San Quentin and also captured the very first “Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic.”

Lawson Little
The Evolution of Americana Music in Nashville
Thursday, August 7, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, July 30 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, July 31 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, August 1 at 9:30am PDT.

Lawson Little came to Nashville, TN in 1997 from New York City where he taught fine arts photography classes at the Cooper Union School of Art and was the management photographer for the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, shooting entertainment and conventions. From 1997 to 2012 Lawson exclusively photographed the music industry in the Nashville area.

In the past decade, Lawson Little has chronicled the leading figures in Americana music through documentary and studio images. His photos show a passion for the music, the intensity of his relationship with the artist, and a visual expression that matches the timbre of Nashville's Americana music scene.

Ed Rode
A City of Masters: Nashville’s Songwriters and Musicians
Thursday, August 14, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, August 6 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, August 7 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, August 8 at 9:30am PDT.

Nashville-based artist and musician Ed Rode has over 33 years of experience behind the camera. His work has appeared in many national magazines, including Vogue, TIME and Sports Illustrated. His corporate clients include Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Bridgestone, and CMT.com.

Rode’s shots grace the covers of many of today’s top country-music publications and albums and his passion for photography featuring the arts led him to open his own studio in the center of Nashville’s famed Music Row.

Rode’s lecture is the result of his 25-year love affair with Music City and his desire to visually capture the inspiration behind Nashville’s famous sound. Featuring many icons like Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, the lecture also captures the faces of the lesser-known yet prolific songwriters who have helped shape Nashville’s great musical heritage.

Photo © Ed Rode

Tim Davis and Michael McCall
Curating Country
Thursday, August 21, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, August 13 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, August 14 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, August 15 at 9:30am PDT.

As Curator of Photography for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Tim Davis manages a collection of more than 500,000 photographs as part of museum’s Frist Library and Archive. Davis has curated the photography for exhibits on Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette and the major exhibit Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy.

Michael McCall is a journalist and author who has written about country music and popular entertainment for more than 30 years and since 2005 has been the country album reviewer for the Associated Press. In 2006, he became the staff writer/editor at the Country Music Hall of Fall of Fame and Museum, where his duties include curating exhibits, conducting historical research and hosting public programs.

Davis and McCall will discuss the photography of Walden S. Fabry and Elmer Williams, including how the museum acquired their collections and the archival process that has gone into digitizing and preserving them. The two curators will also talk about featured photographers Les Leverett, Raeanne Rubenstein, and David McClister, the Nashville music scene since the 1940s and the influence of southern California on the sound and image of country music.

Photo © Donn Jones Photography

Adam Jahiel
The Last Cowboy
Thursday, August 28, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, August 20 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, August 21 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, August 22 at 9:30am PDT.

Adam Jahiel’s photographs have appeared in major publications such as TIME, Newsweek and The New York Times, as well as in dozens of books, including the acclaimed A Day in the Life series.

For years, Adam Jahiel has been photographing the cowboys of the Great Basin, a very rugged region of the West. To him, these Cowboys represent one of the last authentic American subcultures. Jahiel reflects the sentiments of Cowboy tradition in his photographs, not remaking them into Hollywood images, but keeping them as “found” images, honoring their spirit of authenticity.

Photo © 2013 Adam Jahiel

Danny Clinch
Keeping Time
Thursday, September 4, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, August 27 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, August 28 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, August 29 at 9:30am PDT.

Danny Clinch has photographed and filmed a wide range of artists, from Johnny Cash to Tupac Shakur, from Bjork to Bruce Springsteen. His work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, Spin, Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, and The New Yorker. His photographs have appeared on hundreds of album covers.

As a director, Clinch has received three Grammy Award nominations, for Bruce Springsteen’s music video Devils & Dust, John Mayer’s live concert film Where the Light Is, and Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite’s music film I’m In I’m Out and I’m Gone: The Making of Get Up! He has also directed music videos for Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Pearl Jam, John Legend, Avett Brothers, Foo Fighters and Dave Matthews, among others.

Henry Horenstein
Honky Tonk
Thursday, September 11, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, September 3 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, September 4 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, September 5 at 9:30am PDT.

Henry Horenstein is a professional photographer, author, and a professor of photography at Rhode Island School of Design. His 30-plus books range from monographs, such as Honky Tonk, Close Relations, Animalia, Show, and Racing Days, to some to the most widely used photography textbooks in classrooms, such as Black and White Photography, Digital Photography, and Beyond Basic Photography.

Country music is still an important subject and passion for Horenstein, and his Horenstein’s lecture will concentrate on the work from his earliest days as a photographer in the 1970s. He will discuss the images that led to his book Honky Tonk and other snippets from his 40-plus year career.

David McClister
In Motion
Thursday, September 18, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, September 10 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, September 11 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, September 12 at 9:30am PDT.

Nashville-based photographer David McClister grew up in the South and began his career as a filmmaker and music video director. At the urging of his wife, he picked up a still camera and began photographing several local bands and musicians that he admired.

McClister fell in love with the medium and eventually photographed Ryan Adams’ album “Heartbreaker.” Fourteen years later, he has worked with many major record labels and his photographs have appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Garden & Gun, The Wall Street Journal, TIME and Billboard.

McClister will discuss the learning curves of finding his own shooting style and how he learned to follow his "gut.”