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Iris Nights at the Annenberg Space for Photography:  Thursday nights

Iris Nights at the Annenberg Space for Photography: Thursday nights

Iris Nights is a weekly lecture series hosted by the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City, a wonderful experience for anyone even remotely interested in photography. The lectures are informative and entertaining and the space is spectacular — it simply engages you. In an odd way, I feel like I’m in an amazing home with the most incredible entertainment system and equally incredible photography in the hallways. It’s free and it’s fun.

The upcoming lineup is pretty special to me since they’re all Los Angeles Times photographers. This Thursday, Aug. 26, Katie Faulkenberg will be speaking. Katie is a young photojournalist with a keen vision and delightful personality. Next Thursday, Sept. 2, Francine Orr, a photojournalist whom I adore on both professional and personal levels, will share her compassionate sensibility through her photography. Later in the month, Rick Loomis, ever entertaining and insightful, will share his photography from places many of us will never be fortunate enough to experience.

In between, on Sept. 16, Renee C. Byer, a seasoned photojournalist with the Sacramento Bee, will move you with the sincerity of her work. On Sept. 23 Larry Towell will be speaking, a Magnum photographer whose work will captivate you. If you get a chance, watch the trailer from Indecisive Moments. It’s quick and there is one line that cracks me up. And, well, it’s incredibly cool. I do not personally know Renee and Larry but I admire their work.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to go to these lectures as they really bring to light the passion behind the work in a setting that I can’t get enough of. Two things you should know: One, while you’re sitting there, look up. It’s pretty neat. And two, Iris Nights fills up fast.

Photo: Katie Faulkenberg’s photograph of hundreds of people who gather in the morning at the gate of Remote Area Medical free healthcare clinic held at the fairgrounds in Wise, Virginia. People drive hundreds of miles and wait for hours, even days, sleeping in their cars and tents outside the fairgrounds’ gate in hope of receiving free medical care. Still, at the end of the weekend, some people are turned away as time runs out.

1 Comment

  1. September 27, 2010, 11:44 am

    [...] only are we big fans of the site but they’re also big fans of the Space! They had nothing but nice things to say about the Space and our IRIS Nights lecture series: “The lectures are informative and [...]

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