We have a photo gem in Los Angeles. If you haven’t yet been to the newly opened Annenberg Space for Photography, put it on your calendar. This state-of-the-art exhibit space has been designed to showcase traditional photography as well as embracing the new technology of digital imagery. The centerpiece of the Annenberg Space is its theater, with two massive screens that are currently displaying the images and profile vignettes of the exhibiting photographers. Traditionally presented photographic prints are shown on the outside walls around it. Touch screen computerized coffee tables allow you to view the photographer’s work in a more personal manner. A small library room houses books and two computers for research. There is a more intimate screening room that looks as if it will be the area for “Iris Nights”, the ASFP’s Thursday night lecture series. A beautiful kitchen hints at the promise of some wonderful openings.
The inaugural show includes John Baldessari, Carolyn Cole, Greg Gorman, Lauren Greenfield, Douglas Kirkland, Catherine Opie, Julius Schulman, and Tim Street-Porter. LA Times photographers Genero Molina Kirk McCoy, and Lawrence Ho are also represented. The exhibit is strong with compelling images that make you want to get out there and shoot for yourself. Well worth the drive and time to go through it. A tip: parking is only $1.00 with validation in the building’s underground lot.
by Gina Genis