Error message

  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->load() (line 173 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->load() (line 173 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->cacheGet() (line 350 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->load() (line 173 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->cacheGet() (line 350 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->load() (line 173 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->cacheGet() (line 350 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->load() (line 173 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->cacheGet() (line 350 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->load() (line 173 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->cacheGet() (line 350 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->load() (line 173 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->cacheGet() (line 350 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->load() (line 173 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).
  • Warning: array_flip(): Can only flip STRING and INTEGER values! in DrupalDefaultEntityController->cacheGet() (line 350 of /var/www/vhosts/prod.annenberg.org/annenbergspaceforphotography.org/includes/entity.inc).

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.

Can't make it to the lecture? Watch it live online!

Lecture Series Schedule and Information:

Ara Oshagan
Traces of Identity
Thursday, October 30, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, October 22 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, October 23 at 9:30am PDT.

Ara Oshagan is a photographer and installation artist whose work revolves around the intersecting themes of identity, community and history. His first book, Father Land, was published in 2010. Two other books, Mirror and iwitness, will be published this year and next.

Oshagan’s work has been reviewed and featured in Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and NPR, and can be found in the permanent collections of several museums. In October 2012, Oshagan spoke at TEDx in Yerevan, Armenia.

Ara Oshagan will show work from his projects about disrupted communities. Crossing boundaries of time and geography, he will trace his own multi-cultural identity as a descendant of and participant in multiple disrupted communities: from Genocide survivors, to post-Soviet war-torn territories to the post-modern Armenian ghetto of Los Angeles.

Michele Asselin
Seamless
Thursday, November 6, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, October 29 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, October 30 at 9:30am PDT.

Photographer Michele Asselin is known for her formal portraiture that examines individual identities within larger social constructs.

Asselin began her photographic career in the Middle East where she briefly worked with the Associated Press. After moving back to the United States, she lived in New York and worked as a magazine portrait photographer. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Time Magazine among others. She is currently working on a new series about the closing of Hollywood Park Race Track, titled The Clubhouse Turn.

Asselin will talk about working on assignment for the Associated Press, as an editorial photographer in New York and now as an artist living in Los Angeles, generating her own photographic art series around subjects as diverse as the closing of Hollywood Park and the bonding of children with their nannies.

Geoffrey Hiller
Photographing Asia: Daybreak in Myanmar
Thursday, November 13, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, November 5 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, November 6 at 9:30am PDT.

Photographer Geoffrey Hiller has been documenting the people of Burma since 1987 and has returned several times since the historic opening in 2011 to capture evidence of change, not only images of rallies for Aung San Suu Kyi, but the anticipation, hope and concerns of a nation forgotten by the world.

Hiller’s work has been published in magazines in the US, Europe and Japan including Newsweek, Mother Jones and The New York Times Magazine. His multimedia projects about Vietnam, Eastern Europe, Ghana, Burma and Brazil have earned recognition from NPR, The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today.

With the release of his book Daybreak in Myanmar, he will discuss his approach to street photography in Asia, emphasizing the importance of taking the time to slow down in our frenzied world of mobile photography.

Anna Mia Davidson
Human Nature
Thursday, November 20, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, November 12 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, November 13 at 9:30am PDT.

Anna Mia Davidson is a freelance photographer who has worked on long-term photographic projects in Cuba, Ukraine and El Salvador. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Vanity Fair, The International Herald Tribune and more.  She has received achievement awards in photography including an International Photo Award and the Jini Dellacio Award.

Davidson captured the beauty and importance of the sustainable farming movement in the Northwest through photographs from her long-term book project, Human Nature: Sustainable Farming in the Pacific Northwest. She will be speaking about her personal exploration into this subject and her view of photography as both a powerful tool for social change and mirror to reflect the world around us.

Deborah Feingold
So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
Thursday, December 4, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, November 26 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, November 27 at 9:30am PDT.

One of photographer Deborah Feingold's earliest darkrooms was actually a prison cell.  After graduating from college in the early 1970s, she was awarded a grant to teach photography to troubled youth in a Boston prison, affirming her belief in the power of the camera as a tool for self-expression and laying the groundwork for a decades-long career photographing prominent names in American culture.

Her new book, Music, collects some of the most dazzling moments from her sessions with artists from the last 40 years of popular music, and demonstrates Feingold’s ability to distill her artistry and humanity down into a single frame.

Feingold will speak about the challenges of working with stars who may not want to be photographed.