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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.

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

Lecture Series Schedule and Information:

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.”