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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:

Rick Smolan
Inside Tracks
Thursday, October 2, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, September 24 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, September 25 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, September 26 at 9:30am PDT.

Tracks is the extraordinary story of Robyn Davidson, a 27-year-old Australian woman who set off to cross the desolate outback, accompanied only by four camels and a dog.

Photographer Rick Smolan was assigned by National Geographic to document Davidson’s journey, and he had his own adventure tracking her down. The outback of Australia, seen through Smolan's cameras, is an ancient awesome landscape swept by rain, heat and dust and inhabited by all varieties of marauding life, from poisonous snakes and wild bull camels to swarms of tourists clamoring after their newest heroine, the "Camel Lady."

Join Smolan as he recounts the unforgettable journey as well as its transformation into a feature film from the producers of The King’s Speech, starring Mia Wasikowska  as Davidson and Adam Driver as Smolan.

David Zimmerman
One Voice: Portraits of Tibetans Living in Exile
Thursday, October 9, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, October 1 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, October 2 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, October 3 at 9:30am PDT.

David Zimmerman is an American-born artist living and working in northern New Mexico and in India. For the past 20 years Zimmerman's work has focused on endangered landscapes and cultures displaced by environmental, social, economic and political causes.

Zimmerman's work has won numerous awards and is exhibited internationally. Work from his recent series, One Voice, has been exhibited at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in New York City; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Les Bains du Nord, Frac Bourgogne Museum, Dijon, France.

In 2011 Zimmerman and his wife founded the Himalayan Art Centre in Himachal Pradesh, India. The Art Centre is dedicated to providing free education in photography as well as the visual and performing arts.

Ryan Pyle
Chinese Turkestan: A Photographic Journey Through an Ancient Civilization
Thursday, October 16, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, October 8 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, October 9 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, October 10 at 9:30am PDT.

After obtaining a degree in International Politics from the University of Toronto in 2001, Ryan Pyle realized a lifelong dream and moved to China permanently. In 2004, Pyle became a regular contributor to The New York Times; and in 2009, he was listed by PDN as one of 30 emerging photographers to watch.

In 2010 Ryan began working full time on television and documentary film production and has produced and presented several large multi-episode television series for major broadcasters in the US, Canada, UK, Asia, China and continental Europe.

He will discuss his work in Chinese Turkestan, showing a world caught between cultures and generations.

Gregg Segal
Enactments
Thursday, October 23, 2014 • 6:30-8:00pm
Online registration opens Wed, October 15 at 12pm PDT and Thurs, October 16 at 9:30am PDT. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, October 17 at 9:30am PDT.

Gregg Segal’s photography has been recognized with awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, PDN, Investigative Reporters and Editors, The New York Press Club and more. Segal’s portraiture and photo essays have been featured in TIME, The Independent, Fortune and Wired among others.

Segal won the jury’s choice award at the Tokyo International Photography Festival in 2013. Recent solo exhibits include None of the Above at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and State of the Union at The O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia.

Segal will discuss using the medium of photography to explore culture and identity, understand who we are and what we value, and distill this understanding in a single frame drama that triggers reflection.

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. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, October 24 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.

Oshagan will show three interconnected bodies of work spanning over fifteen years: portraits of survivors of the Armenian Genocide of nearly 100 years ago, images from a mountainous and war-torn region of Armenia and the experience of a multicultural and hybrid community of Armenians in 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. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, October 31 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 for the Associated Press covering current events, primarily in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. After moving back to the United States, she lived in New York and worked as an editorial photographer, with work featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME and more. 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. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, November 7 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. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, November 14 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. Online registration to view the lecture televised live at the Photography Space opens Fri, November 28 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.