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    Photographer Richard Ehrlich opened up his IRIS Nights lecture last night by saying that he loved quotes so much that he would incorporate many of them into his presentation. His first quote of the night was a light-hearted one by photographer Elliott Erwitt: "It's about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby."

    Richard stressed that he wanted his lecture to provide him an opportunity to be an advocate for photo manipulation, or rather, photo optimization as he prefers to call it. Tinkering with photos, he said, has been a part of photography since the medium's inception in the 19th Century.

    He pointed out that the cannonballs in this photo taken during the Crimean War had been added to the original photo over 150 years ago. A convincing image even by today's standards.

    Another favorite quote by Richard is credited to Richard Avedon: "A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth."

    Richard talked in depth about the "decisive moment," the point in time that a photographer finds the right image. Learn more about his thoughts on this when his lecture is posted on our website very soon.

    He also spoke about recent technological advances with digital cameras, detailing the impressiveness of Femto photography and the amazing Lytro and Red cameras.

    One of our favorite quotes of the night was said by none other than the man of the hour himself. Said Richard, "There's nothing like the ability to realize your dream and the imagination than the digital." We couldn't agree more.

    Thanks for such a great lecture, Richard! Check back soon to view his lecture online.

    You can learn more about Richard on his official website.

    All images by Unique for the Space

  • /the-shot-blog/coming-summer-who-shot-rock-roll

    We're very excited about our next exhibit, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present! The show, which features 166 prints by over 100 photographers, was originally shown and created by the Brooklyn Museum. The summer exhibit will include an original documentary Annenberg Space for Photography film (as we always do) with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of photographers Ed Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger and Guy Webster. There'll also be appearances by rock stars Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins. Click here for more information. Mark June 23 down on your calendar!

  • /the-shot-blog/beauty-culture-be-part-tribeca-film-festival

    We're very excited to announce that the original 30-minute film by the Annenberg Space for Photography which ran during the BEAUTY CULTURE exhibition will be part of the Tribeca Film Festival next month! The 30-minute short film is part of the festival's documentary program named Triptych which focuses on art, music and physical beauty.

    The documentary, directed by Lauren Greenfield, was shown last year in the venue's sweeping, unprecedented photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern society. The documentary presents interviews with selected photographers and subjects included in the exhibition.

    Watch a trailer for BEAUTY CULTURE here.

  • /the-shot-blog/maggie-taylor-and-her-digital-darkroom-film-experience

    By Maggie Taylor

    A little note about the Digital Darkroom film at the Annenberg Space for Photography:

    When Jerry Uelsmann and I were in Los Angeles in December for the opening of the exhibition “Digital Darkroom” we were amazed by the wonderful documentary film that was produced for the show.  It was fascinating to see all the other participants in their own environments making their images.  (Of course:  we also really loved meeting all of these special artists in person!)  This is the first time that either of us has been included in an exhibition that was accompanied by a film about the artists.

    It is hard to believe that it has already been six months since the production team working on the film visited us at our studios and darkroom in Gainesville, Florida.  Jerry and I spent several days with director Steve Kochones and the folks from Arclight Productions, showing them how we work and talking about our images.  I don’t think they fully realized in advance just how hot and humid it can be in Florida in August.....but they managed to make the best of it. They even shot several outdoor scenes in what must have been 95 degrees and 90 percent humidity!  They also were able to film Jerry creating one of his images in the darkroom using only his normal safelights.  In that past, he had to have additional lights, which either fogged the paper or necessitated a bit of staging and did not capture the "real" printing process.  So he was very excited that they were able to figure out a way to work in near darkness with him.  

    The combination of the film and the print installation at the Annenberg Space is really great to see--not to mention the second exceptional film on the 3D artists in the show.  We were really honored to be included and look forward to seeing future shows in the Space!

    Maggie Taylor became a towering figure in photography in the 1990s when she learned Photoshop and began creating her unmistakable artistic fingerprint. Utilizing scanned images, tintypes of 19th-century subjects and pure imagination, she creates a world that is simultaneously of the past and of the future, and a photographic grammar that is both provocative and embracing. See her work in "Digital Darkroom" which runs from December 17, 2011 - May 28, 2012.

  • /the-shot-blog/ted-grudowski-go-world-doesnt-exist-anywhere-else

    By now many of you have seen Ted Grudowski's incredible 3D photography in "Digital Darkroom." His exhibited work includes images that feature Bruce Springstreen and U2's The Edge. Watch this short video (it's less than 2 minutes) and learn more about how Grudowski goes about creating his photographs. Also, don't forget that you can look through all of the 3D images in the print show here.

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    Here's a clip from our "Digital Darkroom" documentary film featuring Jean-François Rauzier discussing his amazing hyperphotos. Check it out!

     

  • /the-shot-blog/claudia-kunin-her-debut-photography-space

    by Claudia Kunin

    I first visited the Annenberg Space for Photography during it's grand nighttime gala opening in March, 2009 and was truly wowed by its dedication to the exhibition of digital photography. Here was this eye-shaped gallery with gigantic digital displays in a darkened atmosphere. It was the first time I had ever seen a space like it. In fact, I don't think there is another like it in the world! For me, a dream was set in motion that night: I wanted to show my work in the Photography Space.

    I didn't know how I would go about doing it.....as it seems that promoting one's own work is often times fruitless. It was in April of 2010 that I met Pat Lanza, the passionate genius, behind-the-scenes curator at the Annenberg Space for Photography, and she told me that my work would be perfect for an upcoming show she was putting together called "Digital Darkroom." Huzzah!

    Now here I am, part of a fabulous group of 17 talented artists lighting up the walls at the Photography Space. Because I knew I was going to be part of the show, it inspired me to push myself further, beyond the technological boundaries I had previously been working in. I put my nose to the grindstone, learning how to animate my pieces so they could be projected at the Photography Space. I'm proud to say that my work will indeed be shown in that mysterious eye-shaped room - 3D animations and all. I am so very excited to have a long term goal come to fruition. Just another example of how the impossible can be made possible!

    Claudia Kunin worked for years as a commercial photographer before experiencing a transformational moment and devoting her life to fine art photography. Her 3D photography is dedicated to exploring the past, making connections and expressing the inexpressible. See her work in "Digital Darkroom" which runs from December 17, 2011 - May 28, 2012.

  • /the-shot-blog/digital-darkroom-hands-workshop

    The Annenberg Space for Photography recently hosted students from local colleges and art schools enrolled in photography classes for a "Digital Darkroom" special, hands-on workshop with Bonny Pierce Lhotka and Russell Brown.

    Bonny taught the attendees how to print the photos on treated aluminum plates to create a vintage tintype look.

    While Russell gave an introduction to using mobile software apps with lots of opportunity for creative expression and, as you can see, included various props, costumes and various backgrounds.

    Bonny taught the "cooking" of aluminum plates to create antique surfaces that look decades old.

    After distressing, washing and cooking the plates, participants will compose and alter both the plate and the image that has been printed on a transfer film. Bonny will show how to easily transfer your print to the aged plate resulting in a new vintage tintype look. Check out the great results!

    Coming back to Russell's portion, shared tips and techniques for enhancing the photos taken by the students and also explained how to achieve a classic look and feel as well as how to prepare the final image for printing.

    It was a unique learning experience for everyone involved. Looks like no only did everyone have fun but they produced some impressive work!

  • /the-shot-blog/grace-jones-chris-levines-superstar

    For Grace Jones' 2009 "The Hurricane Tour," "Digital Darkroom" photographer Chris Levine designed an element of the show in which a laser shined at the lustrous Swarovski crystal-encrusted bowler hat the singer wore during her performance of "Love is the Drug." This created a surreal and magical effect on stage that mesmerized the audience. Levine recreated the moment for his stunning photograph of Jones, entitled Superstar, which is above,

    Said Chris about the moment in the show: "I got the Royal Festival Hall (in London) to take all lights to black out when we did it first time. The laser coming directly down from above onto (her) crystal headpiece...the audience went wild. It was a magical moment-a kind of flash point. Grace was back! It has to be one of the best live shows I had ever seen by any artist. It was electrifying!"

    Want to see for yourself how well Levine's design played out during the show? Then watch Jones' "electrifying" performance of the song in the clip below.

  • /the-shot-blog/bringing-attention-important-topics-through-use-humor

    by Pierre Beteille I am proud to say that the Annenberg Space for Photography's "Digital Darkroom" is my very first photography exhibition. I was excited to be given the opportunity to go to the show's public opening and witness, for the first time, people react (if they reacted at all!) to my images in a public setting. I take my photographs in my apartment in France!!

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