• /the-shot-blog/beauty-pageant-culture

    You'll find an array of photos of beauty pageant contestants in BEAUTY CULTURE. From Miss Senior California, the one and only Pink Lady (you might recognize her Botox-injected lips from our exhibit banners throughout L.A.) to Susan Anderson's toothy-smiled, Beauty, age 4, which greets visitors in the Space's entrance hallway - we see these women prepping for the show and competing as well.

    But what happens after the contest?

    In celebration of the Miss USA pageant's 60th anniversary, Time Magazine recently asked Anderson (who lectured at the Space and signed copies of her book, High Glitz, on June 16) to shoot portraits of 31 of its past winners.  These queens still have some set ideas about pageant culture.

    Miriam (Stevenson) Breckenridge (Miss USA, 1954) now 78, told Time: "...you don't want to be thought of just as the beauty queen. People only remember me for being Miss USA and Miss Universe even all these years later."

    Meanwhile, 75-year-old Myrna Hanson (Miss USA, 1953) weighed in on artificial beauty: "At that time, you didn't dare put any pads in your bathing suit, but now I look around and see silicone everywhere. I don't think young people need silicone any place, any time anywhere. It's what you do with what you've got that counts."

    To see all of Andersen's portraits in the Time piece, click here.

    If you haven't yet seen BEAUTY CULTURE, come see it now before it goes away in November!

  • /the-shot-blog/spotted-space-mena-suvari-and-billy-zane

    Here are a couple of photos of two celebrities who (separately) recently visited BEAUTY CULTURE: Actress Mena Suvari...

    ...and actor Billy Zane who brought his model girlfriend Jasmina Hdagha and their adorable baby daughter Eva.

  • /the-shot-blog/nikki-sixx-rocks-space

    A bona fide rock star lecturer, Mötley Crüe bass guitarist NIkki Sixx, rocked IRIS Nights last night! Some people may not be aware but bass guitar isn't the only instrument Nikki takes seriously - cameras also play a large role in his life.

    Visitors lined up outside of the Space well before doors opened at 6pm.

    Joining Nikki for this lecture was journalist and author Kristine McKenna. The long-time Los Angeles music writer did a stellar job picking Nikki's brain about his photography in a revealing and candid discussion.

    Nikki told Kristine that he has been photographing for over 30 years but started to take it more seriously in 1989. Quite impressively, he's completely self-taught in the medium.

    Nikki told a poignant story about the Coney Island clown in this photo. He told Nikki said that most people took his picture because he was a "freak" but felt that this image captured his outer beauty.

    Nikki doesn't believe beauty is only defined in the pages of People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" issue. He reiterated throughout the talk that beauty is everywhere: "being an individual is so rewarding."

    Here's a recent photo taken by Nikki of a female teenage fan paying homage to the rock star by replicating one of his looks from the 1980s. Check out a photo of vintage Nikki here.

    Kristine asked Nikki about the kind of cameras he uses in his photography and he revealed that he uses everything from Holgas to Leicas. But he stressed that it doesn't matter what kind of camera you use to take pictures. Use the best tool in your hand to capture the moment!

    Nikki takes loads of self portraits. Why? According to him it's simply because no one else is ever around!

    While Nikki said he doesn't feel ready to publicly exhibit his photos quite yet (he'd like to first nail down a theme), we can't wait until the time comes.

    Nikki's girlfriend, model Courtney Bingham, was also in the audience. As his muse of sorts, Nikki said that she has inspired him to start to dabble in fashion photography.

    Annenberg Foundation executive director Leonard Aube stopped by for a post-lecture chat.

    Nikki couldn't resist adding his own answer to the white board question about beauty and age located in our workshop area.

    Nikki showed us tonight that not only is he a rock star in the music world but a rock star photographer as well! Thank you Nikki and Kristine for an awesome night!

    For more information about Nikki's photography, visit his tumblr site.

    (All lecture images by Unique for the Space)

  • /the-shot-blog/photo-link-round-0

    Check out what is happening in the photography world this week!

    1. In honor of Kodak's ten year anniversary of its first digital zoom camera,

    DC Views has compared elements of photography from when it was a 'digital science' to the 'easy sharing' aspect of today.

    2. In a timely web 'service' offering Military personnel are remembering their time in service with photo books offered specially by the Military Yearbook Printing Company....but sometimes uploading pictures to a website can be extremely complicated.

    3. Hollywood photographer David Strick is suing the Los Angeles Times for illegally publishing 174 of his photos.

    The law suit could potentially cost $150,000 for each infringement, and there are 510 alleged violations!

    4. When David Strick seemed to deliver too many photos, wedding photographer Gerald Randolph Byrd didn't deliver enough.

    In fact Byrd refused to hand over the photos and is now serving two years of house arrest for fraudulent intent. The original sentence was eight years in prison.

    5. But on a lighter note National Geographic has announced the "Best Travel Pictures of 2011" and they are incredible.
    Photograph by Robin Moore

    Click here to check them out.

    Photograph by Becky Kagan Schott

    We hope you have fun surfing the web for more photography updates!

  • /the-shot-blog/spotted-space-andie-macdowell

    Model and actress Andie MacDowell, looking as stunning as ever, came in to check out BEAUTY CULTURE a few days ago and was happy enough to pose for a photo during her visit. Thanks for stopping by, Andie!

  • /the-shot-blog/watch-our-beauty-culture-psa

    Beauty Culture Public Service Announcement from Annenberg Space for Photography.

    Click the video above to watch our PSA for Beauty Culture, featuring Jamie Lee Curtis!

    Blog Tags: Photographers
  • /the-shot-blog/spotted-space-fran-drescher

    BEAUTY CULTURE's run at the Space is currently at it's half-way point and visitors continue to flock to the show. Among those who stopped by this past weekend was Fran Drescher, who was super-friendly. Thanks for checking out the exhibit, Fran!

  • /the-shot-blog/brian-bowen-smith-beauty-what-you-make-it

    Not even a broken leg could stop photographer Brain Bowen Smith from giving a rousing lecture at IRIS Nights last night.

    Brian did not intend to define beauty last night but instead explained that he believes that the topic is truly subjective.

    He described how the combination of luck, guts and fate landed him his first job with famed photographer Herb Ritts, who would later become his mentor. According to Brian, Ritts taught him how to adeptly manipulate natural light and use photography to translate a model's true self.

    But his most significant contribution was the idea of simplicity. "Beauty is simplicity and everything revolves around beauty," said Brian. "So I want to keep it simple."

    Brian revealed that Ritts's style has been a source of inspiration throughout his professional career. Here's a photo that has a hint of Ritts but is truly all Brian Bowen Smith.

    Brian reiterated his belief in simplicity. "Don't make a big deal about it," offered Brian. "Have fun. Keep it simple."

    His exuberant and animated personality had the audience engaged and laughing the entire night.

    As one audience member put it, "he was so personable and such a good speaker. I was amazed by him!"

    Thanks for a terrific lecture, Brian. Here's to a quick recovery!

    For more information about Brian, visit his website.

    (All lecture images by Unique for the Space)

  • /the-shot-blog/photo-link-round

    July 27th
    Check out this weeks recent developments in the photography industry.

    You can now send photos over email with better quality and less hassle. iPhoto now lets you access facebook, email, and a photobook application without ever having to leave the site.

    Apple Inc. is not the only one taking advantage of what photography has to offer, the fashion industry has also been changing and adapting because of advancements in the field. Check out an article that looks critically at this issue.

    Go back in time with Vietnam War photojournalists as New American Media writes a special piece comparing photojournalism now versus 50 years ago.

    And lastly take a breather and enjoy a sweet video about the domino effect of photography- compliments of friends from 2Dphotograpahy. You are going to have to just trust us on this one and watch it!

    Blog Tags: News, Photography
  • /the-shot-blog/view-finder-brian-bowen-smith-lecture

    What did our IRIS Nights attendees think of Brian Bowen Smith? Here are some of their thoughts:

    "He was so personable and such a good speaker. I was amazed by him!"
    --Jesse Ruoff, regular IRIS Nights attendee, apparel designer

    "To see all these pictures in an exhibit is pretty amazing. It is just beautiful the way it is laid out. I will definitely come again."
    -- Ariana Trinneer, guest of lecturer Brian Bowen Smith

    "The Space is terrific the way it shows photography. You get enough to make it significant but you don't get too overwhelmed"
    --Marshall Feldman, first time visitor

    "I love this place. I can benefit a lot from it because it really contributes to me as a professional but also as a person. I think so highly of the Annenberg Space for Photography. There is no other museum like it!"
    -- Nini Valentina, regular Photo Space visitor, professional make-up artist

    "I think the space is state-of-the-art! [Wallis Annenberg] went all out. Her generosity of spirit is so profound. It's such an invitation to the public.... Bottom line is that I am really impressed."
    -- Dawn Moreno-Freedman, first time visitor

    (All lecture images by Unique for the Space)

    For more about Brian visit his website

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