• /the-shot-blog/recent-developments-steve-mccurrys-farewell-kodachrome

    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.

  • /the-shot-blog/george-steinmetz-documents-world-sky

    Those of you who suffer from acrophobia may want to proceed with caution while reading the rest of this blog post. That's because the breathtaking images of the world's deserts you're about to see have been taken by last night's IRIS Nights lecturer, photographer George Steinmetz, from high up in the sky...

    ...on board his own motorized para-glider!

    As George explained to the audience, for him to really understand the desert, he needed to get high above the ground. His para-glider is lightest powered aircraft in the world.

    His method of photography is certainly not all that safe. He shared a photo of himself that showed injuries he'd received when his glider once crashed during take-off in China. Several busted teeth and 17 stitches didn't stop him from getting back into the pilot's seat!

    George told the audience that he has always been a very curious man. The camera is his excuse to explore the world and share his knowledge with the rest of the world.

    Don't just think that the deserts are located in hot climates. George gave us all a geography lesson by reminding us that Antarctica, which he has beautifully documented with his own camera, is the largest and driest desert on the planet!

    Stropping by to hear George's lecture was his friend Art Streiber, a very talented photographer in his own right.

    But George's most important visitor last night was his own mother who watched him with great pride throughout the entire lecture.

    Congrats on a great talk, George! Fly safely!

    Click here to watch George's IRIS Nights lecture online. For more information about him, visit his official website.

    (All images by Unique for the Space)

  • /the-shot-blog/karen-kasmauski-born-observer

    Karen Kasmauski came to our IRIS Nights lecture last night and explained to us why she does what she does. "I was born an observer," she told those in attendance. An observer, yes, but also a storyteller.

    While trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life, she said that she settled on photography as a way to tell stories. The former newspaper photojournalist's only formal training in the field was what she describes as a life-long thirst to learn more about other people's lives.

    In college, a palm reader predicted Karen would pursue a career in medicine. Obviously, that prediction didn't come true.

    Still, maybe that palm reader was on to something. Over the course of her career, Karen has done several stories on health and medicine.

    It was these stories that placed in her in some of the greatest danger. During one story about radiation, she was unknowingly contaminated with radiation after eating reindeer and moose meat from Sweden that was contaminated from the Chernobyl disaster.

    Karen shared the story behind an amazing image of a survivor from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. During the shoot, this man, who was severely burned, asked her if she would be interested in seeing the charred and tattered jacket he was wearing on the day the bomb was dropped. She responded with a resounding "yes!" What a profound story in a simple yet powerful image.

    Not only were Karen's many colleagues in attendance during last night's IRIS Nights lecture but so was her family. Here she is with her proud husband and daughter.

    Great job, Karen! We can't wait to hear more of your observations in the future!

    Click here to watch Karen's IRIS Nights lecture online. For more information about Karen, visit her official Website.

    (All images by Unique for the Space)

  • /the-shot-blog/michael-nichols-southern-gentleman-braves-dangerous-world

    Michael "Nick" Nichols, one of the five featured photographers in Extreme Exposure, popped on over to the Space last night to present his IRIS Nights lecture. The award-winning National Geographic photographer gave one of the most passionate and energetic talks we've seen in awhile!

    There was no way to escape the Alabama native's energy as he leapt from one side of the screen to the other relating story after story about the images that flashed in front of the audience.

    The sold-out lecture was standing room only and Nick won over each and every single one of them with his affable Southern charm.

    Nick spent a good chunk of time talking about the stitched together image of a giant Redwood tree in Northern California he shot for National Geographic. Click here to read a riveting personal essay written by Nick about his experience photographing the tree.

    Nick has gone through a lot just to get the perfect shot. Not everyone can say they've had an elephant charge at them but Nick has!

    One way to avoid some of the dangerous situations in nature is to set up so-called "trip trap" cameras, something that Nick has perfected over the years. The image above was shot using such a camera. You couldn't get such a shot without one!

    Nick has come close to death more than once but explained that this is just part of the job.

    Many of Nick's National Geographic friends showed up to hear his lecture, including the Space's own Pat Lanza (2nd from left).

    A job very well done, Nick! It's not everyday we get a lecturer as energetic as you were last night. Come back anytime!

    Click here to watch Nick's IRIS Nights lecture online. For more information about Nick, visit his official Website.

    (All images by Unique for the Space)

  • /the-shot-blog/stephen-alvarez-finds-beauty-dark

    Stephen Alvarez has been plunging himself deep underground into some of the least-traveled to caves in the world. Through his photography, Stephen finds beauty in these dark places.

    Stephen's lecture, "Earth From Below," captivated his audience with impressive images of these gorgeous, rarely seen underground chambers. As he explains, more people have gone to the moon than explored caves right here on our planet!

    That's due mainly to the fact that many of these places are very hard to get to. Alvarez explained that people would rather not place themselves in really tight and horrible cave entrances (like the mucky space in the photo above). Sometimes those kind of sacrifices are required in order to capture "great beauty" such as this:

    But Stephen has braved more than just a muddy cave entrance to get these riveting photos. He regular descends hundreds of feet into the Earth and, in his travels, has contracted many diseases and parasites along the way. Bot flies anyone?

    The audience was in awe of the dangers in which Stephen finds himself. One attendee asked a very good question - how does he manages to not get lost while caving in the dark? His answer was simple - a great sense of direction!

    With the dim lighting which enveloped the Space during his IRIS Nights talk, we feel as if Stephen probably felt right at home last night! Thanks, Stephen, for bringing us to some unexplored and beautiful caves on our planet! And watch out for those bot flies!

    Click here to watch Stephen's IRIS Nights lecture online. For more information about Stephen, visit his official Website.

    (All images by Unique for the Space)

    Blog Tags: Photographers
  • /the-shot-blog/cyril-christo-and-marie-wilkinson-want-save-worlds-elephants

    More than half of the elephants in the world have been massacred over the last 30 years. Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson want to do as much as they can to help reverse this alarming trend through the advocacy work and their photography. They explained in last night's lecture exactly how important these creatures have been to the planet and its people.

    This husband and wife team has passed their passion for these majestic animals on to their young son, Lysander. The young advocate opened his parent's lecture with a message: "You should not do to elephants what you don't want the elephants to do to you." Such enlightened words from such a young man!

    What makes this duo such a great team? The fact that, as Marie noted, Cyril is the "wordsmith" during the lecture and she makes sure that the photography slideshow chugs along at a good clip. They work together as smoothly as a well oiled machine!

    Cyril and Marie explained how they were unsuccessful photographing a magical moment of two lions swimming in the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe but not to worry: they have captured plenty of other shots, some of which include animals which have "posed" for the photographers, such as the bull elephants above. But they do try to discourage their subjects because they like to be as spontaneous as possible.

    Here's a beautiful spontaneous shot taken by them during a dust storm in Kilimanjaro.

    Said Cyril during the lecture: "Let's hope we've started a stampede." The kind of stampede he's referring to is one of action from people all over the world to save Asian and African elephants.

    Just because her husband is a "wordsmith" doesn't mean that Marie had plenty to say during the lecture. She informed the crowd how they can help save the world's elephants: by educating yourself, re-connecting with nature and saying positive prayers.

    Cyril and Marie were generous enough to discuss their work with some of the folks in attendance after the lecture. Thanks to both of you for such an enlightening night!

    We'll leave you with a fun shot of the youngest elephant rights advocate we know. And remember, "You should not do to elephants what you don't want the elephants to do to you!"

    (All images by Unique for the Space)

  • /the-shot-blog/aaron-huey-i-walk-be-great-unkown

    Photographer Aaron Huey's life simply screams adventure. He has shot for such for places all over the world for such high-profile publications as  National Geographic, the Smithsonian Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

    Aaron began his IRIS Nights lecture reflecting on the theme of the current exhibition at the Space: "Extreme Exposure." He defines "extreme" as "furthest," "remotest," and "inaccessible."

    We all go for walks, but nothing compares to how Aaron goes about doing it - he really goes for a walk! He spent a good portion of his lecture on his series of photographs that focused on his trek across America in 2002. He and his dog, Cosmo, spent 154 days covering 3,349 miles from California to New York, walking every step of the way. That's sure to put some good wear and tear on your sneakers!

    Aaron explained that this walk was not a photo project but "a meditation." It was a way for him to help clear his thoughts. He walks "to be in the great unknown."

    Like most of us, Aaron has a million things going through his mind at once and he wanted to purge these overwhelming thoughts. He provided a humorous (yet not too far-fetched!) visual of what his thought process looks like.

    Like the "thought" slide above proves, humor is a big part of Aaron's personality and was also a big part of his lecture. He had the audience in stitches throughout!

    In attendance that night was journalist and friend of the photographer, Alex Chadwick.

    While traveling across America, Aaron revealed that, due to the generosity of the people he encountered, he only spent $250 dollars of his own money during his entire trip across America. He took people up on their charitable offers to feed him and put him up in their homes for the night. What did he get offered the most? Beer, bibles as well as other leisurely diversions.

    Aaron also talked about the time he has spent documenting the people of the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. It's a place he cares deeply about and he travels there several times a year.

    Here's Aaron with the Annenberg Foundation's Charles Weingarten, who stopped by to say hello after the lecture. We're sure the two swapped quite a few stories about their own travels around the world!

    You did such a great job at IRIS Nights, Aaron and best of luck on your next adventure! If you go for another long walk, remember to invest in a good pair of sneakers!

    Click here to watch Aaron's IRIS Nights lecture online. For more information about Aaron visit his official Website.

    (All images by Unique for the Space)

  • /the-shot-blog/omeara-brings-volcanoes-life


    Stephen James O'Meara, one of our Extreme Exposure featured photographers, was the first IRIS Nights lecturer in our new series. O'Meara and his wife Donna (who graced us with her presence at our opening night) have lived on a volcano for the past 30 years. You read right - they not only take pictures of volcanoes erupting around the globe, they LIVE atop an active one.

    Stephen's lecture was called "Does the Moon Affect Volcanoes on Earth?" - which if you attended you now know is not such a wild subject. Stephen is an animated speaker who is incredibly inspired by his studies. He also happens to be an astronomer, so no one could be better prepared to answer this question. Stephen explained how the Moon affects tidal flows of water, but also of the Earth crust itself.

    He went into great detail about how the tides of the Earth's crust rise and fall at regular interval, but when the Earth is closest to the Moon (perigee) those tides are more rapid and when the Earth is farthest from the Moon (apogee) the tides of the crust grow more slow.

    The best part was how he demonstrated this change by condensing the daily and monthly tidal intervals by breathing in and out. It was an incredibly simplified demonstration but it made very clear what the effect Moon has on tides (both water and crust) and therefore on the probability of volcanic eruptions.

    Steve seemed like he was about to erupt a few times!

    It was a great pleasure listening to such an informed and inspiring individual. I can't believe we've never had a Vulcanologist/Astronomer lecture here before!

  • /the-shot-blog/extreme-exposure-our-newest-exhibition-opens-space


    Young and old came to celebrate the opening of "Extreme Exposure," the sixth at the Space!

    This collection of images focuses on five photographers who journey to the most dangerous places on Earth to capture photographs that will simply blow you away.

    Photographer Clyde Butcher was in attendance and so was one half of husband and wife volcanologist/photographer team Donna and Stephen O'Meara. Stephen O'Meara was unable to join the festivities because he was at home (on top of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii!) caring for the couple's dog, Daisy Duke (yup - that's probably the only time you will read 'home', 'volcano', 'dog', and 'Daisy Duke' in a single sentence!)

    Here the two pose with Wallis Annenberg.

    And here's guest curatorial adviser Cristina Mittermeier proudly showing off one of Paul Nicklen's stunning photos.

    Annenberg Foundation Executive Director Leonard Aube took to the podium to help launch the "Extreme Exposure" IRIS Nights lecture series and also introduce...

    ...Clyde and Donna to the audience! Donna had a chance to say a few words to the large group of revelers...

    ...then Clyde followed with his unique Florida charm!

    What's your most extreme experience? Visitors shared their own by writing on this white board at the Space. This little one is very young yet still had something to contribute!

    Actress China Chow and MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch took in the great photography on our 7' x 14' hi-definition screen.
    (photo by Stefanie Keenan for the Space)

    Donna, ever so friendly, hangs out with staff members from the Space!

    Here are some of the Annenberg folks who were responsible for making the launch party such a great success!


    (photo by Stefanie Keenan for the Space)

    Come to the Photo Space to witness the great lengths some will go to so to capture stunning photographs. There's no risk to you - our photographers have already taken care of the danger part for you!

    And don't forget to check out the IRIS Nights lecture series related to Extreme Exposure. Click here for the schedule.

    (All images by Unique for the Space except where noted)

  • /the-shot-blog/recent-developments-greg-gorman

    Another one of our L8S ANG3LES exhibit artists is in our viewfinder again - Greg Gorman has an exhibit up called "A Distinct Vision" 1970-2010. (click on "Greg Gorman Exhibit" on the left for more info)

    As some of you may recall, Greg was one of the 8 featured photographers in our inaugural exhibit and gave a memorable IRIS Nights lecture. This new retrospective show featured several rooms filled with prints


    from arrays of tabloid-size portraits


    to super-sized prints that dominated huge swaths of the wall.

    including a nearly life-sized series of Gorman's favorite subject,


    Tony Ward

    The exhibit had a gala opening at the Pacific Design Center on Sept. 15th with a very well-attended party featuring some of his famous subjects, an array of


    stylish friends...


    fans... and - of course -


    Mr. Gorman himself!


    Other faces in the crowd included Julius Shulman collaborator Juergen Nogai and his better half Jeannie.

    The show only runs through Oct. 29, 2010, so you still have a chance to get out before 5 p.m. on Friday if you want to see it.

    Scroll down for some more images from the opening.
    My favorites were giant contact sheets.


    Warhol


    Johnson


    Iman

    What an incredible peek behind Gorman's iconic images. It's actually amazing when you see that he seems incapable of taking a bad shot!

    Here are a few more portraits:


    Bowie and Jackson


    Herman, Beatty and Depp


    Crisp

    Don't miss it!

    (All event photos © David Scharff for the Annenberg Foundation)

    Blog Tags: Photographers

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