L8S ANG3LES
Sunday, March 29th, 2009 to Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

L8S ANG3LES: 11 LA photographers -
Images as diverse as the city for which it's named.

In the words of Anne Wilkes Tucker, Special Advisor to the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:

The inaugural exhibition of the Annenberg Space for Photography celebrates the breadth of contemporary photography through works by eight internationally renowned photographers whose images capture the complexity and vitality of the city of Los Angeles. L8S ANG3LES  features different genres of contemporary photographic exploration - architecture, portraiture, photojournalism, and art - with interrelated themes weaving throughout. Moreover, through a relationship with the Los Angeles Times,  L8S ANG3LES will also feature the work of celebrated Times staff photographers and a selection of archival photographs of the city going back over 100 years.

Julius Shulman and Tim Street-Porter are famous for their focus on both modern and vernacular southern California architecture. Douglas Kirkland and Greg Gorman memorably portray the city's celebrities from the industries for which LA is best known, while Lauren Greenfield's photographs probe the lives of children who "grow up in the shadow of Hollywood." Carolyn Cole's visual reports from international war zones are made for The Los Angeles Times as are the works of Lawrence Ho, Kirk McKoy, and Genaro Molina. Catherine Opie's series "In and Around Home" merges personal and local issues with global perspectives. And John Baldessari adds dry wit to the practice of "nip and tuck" and to "painting" one's face in his most recent series.

L8S ANG3LES embodies the spirit of the Annenberg Foundation's mission to improve the well-being of the community through the exchange of ideas and innovative thinking, setting a vibrant tone for future exhibitions to follow.

About Anne Wilkes Tucker: Special Advisor and The Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

We extend special thanks to Anne Wilkes Tucker, the renowned photography curator from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Ms. Tucker founded the photography department at the museum where she has worked since 1976. Tucker has curated over forty exhibitions and has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and The Getty Center. Her keen sense of the history and progress of photography in the gallery setting earned her the unique recognition by Time Magazine as "America’s Best Curator" in 2001.

Carolyn Cole

Working for the  Los Angeles Times s ince 1994, Carolyn Cole's photographs of many of the world's armed conflicts convey harsh realities far removed from the illusions of Hollywood.

Working for the Los Angeles Times since 1994, Carolyn Cole's photographs of many of the world's armed conflicts convey harsh realities far removed from the illusions of Hollywood. Cole (born 1961) won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2004 for her coverage of the siege of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. 

For nearly two decades, Cole has covered war, starvation, and brutality in the Middle East, Haiti, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Like other conflict photographers, she has repeatedly placed herself in situations of danger to report on issues that she believes must be covered. In 2002 she earned her first nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of a group of Palestinian gunmen who entered the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as they fled Israeli forces, setting off a standoff that lasted for 39 days. Cole joined a group of peace activists who entered the church in solidarity with the Palestinians and filed several stories from inside the conflict.

Cole has also been widely recognized for her sensitive portrayals of civilians, especially children caught in the destitution and horror surrounding armed conflicts. Her most recent project focuses on exploited children in various Asian countries.

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