This past Saturday we had three great, free workshops with the folks from Blurb.com. Chad Jennings, VP of Design and founding employee at Blurb came down to the Photography Space with Blurb Marketing whiz Suzanne Caballero and shared tips, trade secrets and publishing discounts. Three classes of two hours each were held. Chad offered basic instruction on the two ways of making a book through Blurb - using their layout tool and using Adobe InDesign and uploading the layout. Chad showed printed samples of different layout options...and also show on the workshop screen how to approach different formats. Workshop attendees got hands-on advice an examples and also got special discount vouchers for their own future publishing efforts! The Photo Space was a perfect setting - giving arriving and departing students of all ages a chance to see our current exhibit and explore the possibilities. We even had a special guest visit by one of our POYi IRIS Nights lecturers, the amazing photographer Colin Finlay! The Blurb folks were totally engaging and supportive. They left us a number of sample books and promised they would come back and do it again soon. We hope to see you there.
POYi winner Balazs Gardi, who was one of the featured photographers in the 66th POYi Exhibit last year, returned to the Space to present an insightful and heartfelt lecture on marginalized communities facing water crisis.
Balazs, whose works are mostly independent, started his presentation with his images documenting conflict situations in Afghanistan. His presentation also covered communities experiencing water related crisis in Australia, Dubai and even Las Vegas.
Balazs is known for using photography as a base but layering it in way that reaches out to people. His unique presentation was a multimedia feature that included audio, still images and motion graphics.
At the end of the lecture, Balazs shared his views on modern social utilities, such as Twitter, as an independent voice and alternative to traditional media outlets. Social media is a new way for like minded people to share experiences on water related issues that won't appear in traditional media sources.
The lecture was followed by some very pointed and interesting questions from the audience, fielded by an unflappable Balazs.
Despite the gravity of the discussion, the lecture was well balanced with fear, hope and even some humor.
One question in particular focused on the frustration of solving the problem of water crisis and whether an actual solution exists.
Balazs answered very adamantly with "I think every problem has an answer to it
...I am a very optimistic person with a lot of cynicism."
(All Photos © Unique for the Space)
We heard the news yesterday...very sad.
Over the weekend the great legend of Jazz photography Herman Leonard passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here in Los Angeles.
Herman had been living here in LA since Hurricane Katrina flooded his home in New Orleans in 2005 destroying thousands of his priceless prints. The good part of that disaster was that it brought Herman to our city where we had the incredible opportunity to meet him and enjoy his company here at the Photography Space.
Herman was 87 when he passed, which means he was a spry 85 or 86 when he came to our W Opening party last year on March 27, 2009.
He was vibrant, funny, sharp as a tack and had many of us in sheer awe.
After bonding with Wallis on the red carpet, he praised our Space and hung out with other photo-luminaries (like Douglas Kirkland) the whole night through!
We knew we were in the presence of many greats that night and we hope we won't have to say goodbye to any more for a long time to come.
We hope you have a continuing journey of cool Mr. Leonard - we know that many of your photographic subjects are waiting on the other side to greet you!
(All photos © Charley Gallay)
It's the end of an era.
In 2009, Kodak announced it would cease production of the chemicals needed to develop its popular Kodachrome film. Dwayne's Photo, located in rural Parsons, Kansas was the last lab in the entire world to develop Kodachrome. They took in their very last roll December 30, 2010.
Kodak gave its very last roll of Kodachrome (and rightfully so!) with 36 images to none other than Steve McCurry, who you may remember was featured in our Pictures of the Year International: The World. In High Resolution and was a lecturer for our IRIS Nights series in 2009. Steve says that Kodachrome was the mainstay film of his enduring and prolific career in photography. What a fitting way to say adieu!
The images from that roll have now been made available and they're just as impressive as you would think. Frame 23, that of an elderly Rabari woman, is above.
Here is a snapshot of Steve from his IRIS Nights lecture last year talking about his iconic image, which was, of course, shot on Kodachrome film.
And below is frame 36, the very last frame Steve shot on that final roll of Kodachrome. It is of a statue located inside of a cemetery in Parsons, Kansas, not far from Dwayne's Photo.
It's like a final salute to Kodachrome!
Take a peak at some other images from Steve's roll on his blog.
What a treat it was to have fashion photographer Fadil Berisha present during our IRIS Nights lecture series yesterday evening.
Fadil has had a global influence throughout his career. He has not only worked with such figures as Tyra Banks, President Bill Clinton, Snoop Dogg and numerous Miss America contestants, but he also played an incredible role in campaigning against the Kosovo massacres.
During his presentation, Fadil explained that his work stems from a genuine love for beauty.
"Beauty is what I really love... I like to live happy and see pretty things all the time. With photographers it has to do with how they feel on the inside and that's what comes out on the photo," proclaimed Fadil during the lecture. "I love to feel happy."
Fadil took a moment during his lecture to speak about his experience photographing the horrific war in Kosovo. Since the topic wasn't related to beauty itself he placed his visual slideshow on pause because he felt it was important to take some time to talk about his experiences with the conflict.
About 10 years ago Albanian photographers contacted Fadil asking him to help promote their cause in the Kosovo war. He told the audience that the pictures they sent him changed his life. He then spent the next couple years raising money and campaigning for awareness. His work and the photos he took made an international impact and helped pressure the United States to get involved.
Fadil told the audience about his first time working with the stunning Carmen Dell'Orefice, the legend who was his inspiration for a Rolex campaign. He said he fell in love when he realized how she stayed young at heart and continued to exude beauty throughout her whole life.
Fadil also gave shout-outs to models Beverly Johnson and Nikki Haskell, who were both in attendance. He raved about how they each possessed that same confidence and beauty he found so alluring in Carmen.
Johnson took the microphone during the Q & A session but she didn't have a question for Fadil. Instead, she took the time to praise the photography by calling him "brilliant" and telling the audience she could not wait to work with him again.
(All lecture images by Unique)
By Brooke Shaden
When I picked up a camera for the first time it was not to experiment with photography. In fact, I didn't even like photography. Instead it was to very strategically turn my dreams into reality. The first time I picked up a camera I never doubted that I would be able to create my own dream worlds using this tool. To me, this was a fact and that fact has propelled me into creating my own unique worlds.
As most people do, I start with an empty frame in a camera. The possibilities of what I could fill that frame with are endless. I choose not to point my camera at the world around me and click, hoping to get something magical. Instead, I fill the frame with my imagination. I will not take a picture unless the scene in front of my camera is as surreal and whimsical, or dark and mysterious, as what I see in my dreams. My pictures are staged, very much the same way that a painter chooses his subject, composition, color palette and other aesthetic choices before picking up a paint brush. I make these decisions before a camera lands in my hands, often only taking about five pictures per photo shoot. Every detail is pre-conceived before a piece of equipment ever enters the picture. However, every detail could hardly be conceived of in the world of photography without technology. I am a girl of the digital age.
In my image "Running from Wind," I was able to carefully construct the details of the picture. The girls run in front of the camera, both looking back, insinuating that something is chasing them. Every detail speaks to a timeless scene, a world that is unique from our own yet still touches on reality, and a mood that is not of this world. All of this is possible because of the digital age. That picture was created on a very early, foggy morning, just me, a camera, tripod, and my friend. It was created in a day but conceived of for much longer. My dreams are my reality; I know them very intimately. The joy of living in a digital world is that dreams no longer have to be kept inside. They can be turned into new worlds; they can be our reality.
The journey from the moment I picked up my first camera to my current life has been one of rebirth. The technical pieces that I taught myself along the way are irrelevant compared to the way I have changed how I think. No longer do I imagine the world I want to live in, I live in it every day. To part with my camera now would be like saying goodbye to a piece of myself. The two have become woven together and intertwined, and there is no future for me without photography.
Brooke Shaden's photographs seem like little films, complete with character, tension and a lush visual sense that might easily be called cinematography. One of her exhibited photographs was recently selected by director Ron Howard as one of eight photos used to inspire a short film. See her work in Digital Darkroom which runs from December 17, 2011 - May 28, 2012.
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SPORT: Iooss & Leifer
What's the next best thing to wrapping up Muhammad Ali or Kelly Slater as a holiday gift for your sports aficionado? A limited edition and gallery quality print from the SPORT: Iooss & Leifer exhibit!
We are now offering visually stirring prints signed by the photographers. Whether your holiday is Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or old school Solstice, you can wrap a bow around artistry and captured magic for a friend, family member or associate. Proceeds from the sale of the prints will support the future activities of the Annenberg Space for Photography.
For details about the available prints, click on one of the images above. You will find a wide range of images from a variety of sports and eras. We are also making select monographs of the photographers' work available for purchase. Both prints and books can be purchased at the Photography Space during regular operating hours. We are not currently set up for online sales.
Phone inquiries from interested parties are welcome. Inquiries can also be submitted by email and fax; however all final transactions must be conducted in person at the Space. To place an order please download an order form linked below, fill it out, and contact a representative at the Annenberg Space for Photography.
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Make this holiday one that your friends and family will never forget!
Lynn Johnson, one of the featured photographers in our current exhibition, WATER: Our Thirsty World, was joined at the Space on Thursday by documentary filmmaker, Jim Thebaut.
The two environmental activists delivered a moving recount of the water crisis that included a blend of powerful imagery and stories of local heroes who act for change in their communities.
For what she describes as one of the most meaningful photographic works of her life, Lynn traveled on assignment for National Geographic to Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to learn and document the stories of women and children and their struggle to gather water.
To find these stories, National Geographic partnered with WaterAid, an NGO nestled in the community - that has helped to implement responsible and sustainable solutions to overcome the crisis in these areas.
With the help of WaterAid, water committees made up of local constituents including women, have been established providing women the resources and education to organize and manage water and sanitation facilities.
Lynn's images depict the burden of water and the burden of violence as a connected conflict facing all women in these communities-
the sickness and disease experienced due to contaminated water and lack of hygiene education,
...inadequate human waste disposals due to water inaccessibility,
...and sexual violence and physical abuse due to long distance travels to find safe water.
While Lynn and Jim's lecture focused on the challenges of the water crisis,
it delivers a message of how individuals can create change with global impact right from their very own back yards.
To learn more about how you can create change visit WaterAid.com.
Yesterday we were host to Kitra Cahana, the photographer whose powerful portraits of nomadic youth became our street banners for the current exhibit "The Year".
We all have Kitra Cahana's father to thank for encouraging her interest in photography starting at a very young age. Last night, Kitra described to the audience at IRIS Nights how, as a young teen, he would ask her to capture her emotions with a camera.
Amazingly, Kitra's never had any kind of formal training in photography - going out and photographing the world was her only education in the medium. Talk about being born with a keen eye!
Kitra's professional career began at the very young age of 17 when one of her photographs covering the Israeli Disengagement of Gaza made the front page of the New York Times. A few years later, she would go from the pages of the Times to their physical offices where she ended up as an intern with the paper.
One advantage of photodocumenting dangerous conflicts in places like Gaza and the Congo at a young age, is that you may not realize how much your life is in jeopardy while in these situations.
Kitra revealed that the danger aspect of the job never crosses her mind! This kind of wide-eyed invincibility might be what helps Kitra produce such riveting pictures from around the globe.
In attendance were several members of the Rainbow Family, whom she featured in her popular Rainbowland series.
It's nice to see that she's remained friendly with some of her photo subjects!
Kitra's talents don't lie exclusively in photography. During the lecture, she read some of her own poems inspired by and created from her still images.
Kitra explained that she uses poetry to create a more comprehensive body of work and intends to continue to explore the marriage of different artistic mediums in future projects.
Such great insight into the mind of an incredible natural. And to think, Kitra still has many more decades of work ahead of her!
Can't wait to see more!
For more information about Kitra and her projects, visit her official Website.
(All images © Unique for the Space - except iPhone photo of the Street Banners)
One of the featured photographers in
", Nick Nichols, has been rightfully nick-named
"The Indiana Jones of Photography,
" so it's only natural that we include the so-called
"Indiana Jones of Entomology
" as part of the exhibit's IRIS Nights lecture series. Mark Moffett has been photographing ants and other insects for the magazine for years.
During his lecture last night, Mark delivered what could be described as a science and photography lesson - one with his characteristic flair for engaging and intelligent humor. He had the audience in stitches!
The Space is just one of the many places in which Mark regularly finds himself speaking in front of a large audience. He lectures to thousands of people across the country and has even appeared on The Colbert Report and Conan O'Brien's show. That's certainly no ant-sized audience!
Mark's sense of humor mixed with education kept those in attendance roaring with laughter throughout the entire lecture. His story of how he once photographed a frog boogie down (a la a disco-era John Travolta) led to a re-enactment of the dance for the entire audience! For more about that particular story, read this piece about his lecture on The Huffington Post.
After his presentation, Mark signed copies of his book, Adventures Among Ants. The book as entertaining to read as it is hearing him speak. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy for yourself.
Here's a nice shot of Mark with his partner in life, his wife Melissa Wells. Check out some gorgeous pictures from their unorthodox and charming wedding on Easter Island here.
(All images by Unique for the Space)