The Annenberg Space for Photography opened its doors in Los Angeles on March 27, 2009. Tucked among the high-rises of Century City, the sleek, one-story structure houses a digital projection gallery whose interior design was influenced by the mechanics of a camera and its lens.
The state-of-the-art digital projection gallery allows the Photography Space to display thousands of images in their best possible light:
The technology in use in the Digital Gallery was created expressly for the Photography Space. Seamless glass screens and ultra high-definition, rear-projection imaging systems are used to display photography with stunning clarity and saturation. The screens provide 4k resolution that exceeds the level offered by Blu-Ray, played across a remarkable 7’x14′ screen.
The Photography Space’s inaugural exhibit, L8S ANG3LES, celebrates the breadth of contemporary photography through the works of eight internationally renowned photographers whose diverse images – architecture, portraiture, photojournalism, and art – capture the complexity and vitality of Los Angeles. L8S ANG3LES also features the work of three celebrated Los Angeles Times staff photographers and archival photos of the city going back over 100 years.
Julius Shulman and Tim Street-Porter are famous for their focus on both modern and vernacular southern California architecture. Douglas Kirkland and Greg Gorman memorably portray the city’s celebrities from the industries for which LA is best known, while Lauren Greenfield‘s photographs probe the lives of children who “grow up in the shadow of Hollywood.” Carolyn Cole‘s visual reports from international war zones are made for The Los Angeles Times as are the works of Lawrence Ho, Kirk McKoy, and Genaro Molina. Catherine Opie‘s series “In and Around Home” merges personal and local issues with global perspectives. And John Baldessari adds dry wit to the practice of “nip and tuck” and to “painting” one’s face in his most recent series.
In mid-July, the Photography Space will host the winners of Pictures of the Year International, an annual photojournalism contest which dates back to the spring of 1944 in Columbia, Missouri at the Missouri School of Journalism.