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    Last night, the Annenberg Space for Photography hosted the opening gala for our newest exciting exhibit BEAUTY CULTURE, an event which represented beauty in many different forms. Here are photographers Paul Lange and Tyen starting their initial tour of the exhibit.

    Hundreds of party-goers enjoyed the photography inside and outside of the Space amidst a crowd filled with photographers, celebrities, supermodels and everyone in between.

    Annenberg Foundation Executive Director Leonard Aube took to the stage to thank all of the photographers whose work is included in the exhibit, such as the three of the four featured photographers; Tyen, Melvin Sokolsky and Lauren Greenfield. The fourth featured photographer in our exhibit - Albert Watson - unfortunately couldn't make the party. He was definitely missed!

    One of the highlights of the evening was a special surprise performance from burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese. At the start of her show, Dita emerging from a giant sparkling compact!

    Her act, which wowed the guests, brings back glamour from a bygone era in a big way.

    Supermodels Gisele and Alek Wek, both featured in photographs in BEAUTY CULTURE, looked twice as stunning standing next to one another.

    Annenberg Foundation Chairman, President and CEO Wallis Annenberg excitedly greeted featured photographer Tyen at the event. It was Wallis's initial vision that made the Space available to the public.

    Actress Sophia Bush takes in the iconic Herb Ritts photo that greets guests at the entrance to the exhibit.

    Lawrence Ho, who was one of the 11 featured photographers in our inaugural exhibit L8S ANG3LES, seen here with fellow guest and "Pictures of the Year International" contributor (and recent Pulitzer Prize winner!) Barbara Davidson.

    Photo Space Talent & Content Director, Patricia Lanza, is seen here with Matthew Rolston, who has several of his images in BEAUTY CULTURE.

    Two Hollywood beauties: Halle Berry and Katie Holmes.

    Photographer Susan Anderson poses in front of one of her photographs. Those of you who live in Los Angeles may have seen this image all over the city as it is as part of our street banner campaign.

    Melvin stands in front of one of his images of model Peggy Moffitt.

    Moffitt was at the event and posed alongside Alek Wek: beauties from two different generations!

    Exhibit consultant Manon Slome poses inside of the Space.

    Lauren chats with "The Pink Lady," the subject of several of her photos and one of the people interviewed for the BEAUTY CULTURE digital feature.

    Thanks to everyone for a terrific celebration of this great new exhibit. BEAUTY CULTURE runs now through November 27. Come see it and find out what beauty means to you!

    All images by Chris Weeks.

  • /the-shot-blog/coming-space-summer-beauty-culture

    The Space has been open for over two years now and our seventh exhibition will be here sooner than you think - May 21st to be exact. We couldn't be more excited!

    BEAUTY CULTURE is a photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern society. The exhibition will include images from some of the most highly respected and world-renowned photographers in the beauty and fashion world.

    © Felicia Webb

    BEAUTY CULTURE will feature 170 images in our print show and over 500 in the digital one - one of our largest shows ever!

    Quick note: Keep in mind that BEAUTY CULTURE does include graphic images, such as those of explicit medical procedures and nudity, and may not be appropriate for all ages.

  • /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-douglas-kirkland

    "Recent Developments" is a new regular feature on the blog that will keep you up to speed on what's going on with photographers who have exhibited or lectured at the Space in the past. It will be a place where you can find out where work by these photographers is currently being exhibited and what new adventures they have embarked upon since we last saw them. We hope you enjoy reading these updates about our friends as much as we enjoy passing them along!

    The first photographer in our "Recent Developments" update is Douglas Kirkland, who was featured in the Space's very first exhibition, L8S ANG3LES, a show that that included such iconic photos of his as the one of Marilyn Monroe above.

    He was also our very FIRST IRIS Nights guest lecturer!

    The famed photographer is having his first major retrospective in Australia, titled "Douglas Kirkland: A Life in Pictures," right now! All of our Aussie readers should rush over to Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art to check out.

    Aside from Monroe, photos by Douglas of Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Stevie Wonder, Jack Nicholson, Andy Warhol, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel and many others are included in the collection. Also, in what sounds like an astonishing addition, is a large set of photos taken on the set of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video. The exhibit closes on October 24.

    You can listen to an informative interview with Douglas conducted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about the exhibit here.

    Here's Douglas at the opening of our Space standing between our fearless leader, Wallis Annenberg, and L8S ANG3LES photographer Greg Gorman, along with other exhibiting photographers like (clockwise) Carolyn Cole, guest curator Anne Wilkes Tucker, Julius Shulman, Kirk McKoy, our Foundation co-director Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Tim Street-Porter.

    Keep checking back on the blog for more "Recent Developments!"

  • /the-shot-blog/water-our-thirsty-world-new-exhibit-national-geographic-opens

    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 Françoise! 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)