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    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.

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    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)

  • /the-shot-blog/beltra-offers-first-iris-nights-lecture-water-exhibit

    Daniel Beltra kicked off the IRIS Nights Lecture series for the WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD exhibit last night with a wake-up call of a lecture.

    A very soft-spoken but decidedly NOT timid man, Daniel took us on a virtual tour through the hills of Patagonia, Alaska, the Ross Sea and the Amazon Rain Forest.

    Through the process he was able to address glaciers shrinking, ice caps melting,

    animals being threatened with extinction,


    drought,


    flooding,

    logging,

    mining,

    massive fires


    and all the other fun stuff you'd expect to hear about on a Thursday night out.

    It was pretty intense stuff - A perfect match for our current exhibit.

    Thank you, Daniel, for a great launch.

    (All photos © Unique for the Space)

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    Yes we've reached another great moment at the Photography Space...a new exhibit in conjunction with National Geographic's special single-topic issue focuses on the world's freshwater crises.

    We also celebrated our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

    On hand to help us launch the new show and offer a hearty happy birthday were all the nice folks from National Geographic: (L-R) Sandra Postel (NG Freshwater Fellow & Director of the Global Water Policy Project), Terry Garcia (NG Executive VP, Mission Programs), William Marr (NG Director of Photography; rear) Wallis Annenberg (Annenberg Foundation Chairman of the Board, President and CEO; front), Sarah Leen (Senior Photo Editor for National Geographic magazine), Lynn Johnson (featured photographer - "The Burden of Thirst"), Jonas Benkdiksen (featured photographer, "The Big Melt"), John Stanmeyer (featured photographer, "Sacred Waters"), Chris Johns (National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief) and Dennis Dimick (National Geographic magazine Executive Editor)

    This is another shot without the photographers but with our own Pat Lanza, the Talent and Content Manager for the Space. And here's one with just Wallis and the photographers who attended.

    (L-R; John Stanmeyer, Wallis Annenberg, Lynn Johnson, Jonas Bendiksen)

    What is the show like? It's intense.

    The print show mirrors the NatGeo issue, covering six major themes - The Big Melt, California's Pipe Dream, The Burden of Thirst, Parting the Waters, Silent Streams, and Sacred Waters.

    At a small cocktail party/reception we hosted a few hundred people who took in the images - some beautiful and some tragic - before gathering in the digital gallery to hear a few words and watch the digital feature. Among the guests were previous exhibitors in the Space like

    Laurence Ho (L8S ANG3LES Exhibit),

    ...and Lauren Greenfield (L8S ANG3LES Exhibit)

    ...not to mention a number of our lecturers like Juergen Nogai (with his lovely wife Jeannie)

    ...Gerd Ludwig who is also actually an exhibitor in the current show. (here with Chris Johns of NatGeo)

    ...Rick Rickman (seen here with some party crasher).

    ...and Douglas Kirkland's divine wife Francois!

    We were also graced by the new Director of MOCA, artworld emprassario Jeffrey Deitch!

    Once inside the Digital Gallery,

    we were treated to a small introduction by

    Leonard Aube (Annenberg Foundation Executive Director)

    ...and then some lovely words from Lauren Greenfield who heralded our first year, revealed that her first job was as a NatGeo intern, and brought Wallis to the podium.

    ...then Wallis introduced NatGeo Editor in Chief Chris Johns, who

    ...wait for it...wait for it...

    ...introduced the show!

    You can watch it online by clicking the image above, but if you really want the full experience, I think our 7'x14' screens are a better way to see it. So come down to the Space, Wednesdays through Sundays, 11am-6pm (Except Thursdays when we close at 5pm to prepare for the lecture).

    And take a look at the upcoming lectures to make sure you don't miss any speakers in this vital series about Our Thirsty World!

    (all images © Angela Weiss for the Space)

  • /the-shot-blog/merry-printsmas

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    SPORT: Iooss & Leifer

    Iooss CatalogLeifer Catalog
    Iooss: Kelly Slater                                           Leifer: Muhammad Ali vs. Cleveland Williams

    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.

    Telephone 213.403.3018, fax 213.403.3100 or email goods@annenbergspaceforphotography.org

    Walter Iooss' sales order form. Neil Leifer's sales order form.

    Make this holiday one that your friends and family will never forget!

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