Jewish Journal

Annenberg Space for Photography

by Joy Bennett

September 10, 2013 | 1:36 am

The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, CA photo by Joy Bennett

If you live in or visit Los Angeles, there is a breathtaking, exceptional museum for photography in Century City that I recently discovered:  The Annenberg Space for Photography.  I just visited there last week, and saw the outstanding exhibit on Helmut Newton which was amazing.  Sadly, that exhibit is now closed, but the museum is preparing a new exhibit set to open on October 26th called "The Power of Photography:  National Geographic 125 Years."

The Helmut Newton exhibit was one of the finest photographic exhibits I've ever experienced.  His work was shown with depth, sensitivity, and power, and I learned a great deal that afternoon about this groundbreaking photographer and his work. 

If you love photography as I do, it's worth your time to explore this wonderful museum, and best of all, it's completely free.  You just have to pay for parking, and they validate, bringing the cost down to $3.50.  They also have a library, a gift shop, and a wonderful lecture series available.

For more information about the museum, visit annenbergspaceforphotography.com.  The museum is closed now but will reopen on October 26th with their new exhibit.  You can see a preview of the upcoming exhibit on their website.

The museum was founded in 2009 by Wallis Annenberg, the billionaire heiress who has dedicated her life to philanthropy.  "Wallis Annenberg is the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States. Based in Los Angeles, Wallis is a visionary who strives to improve the well-being of people and communities throughout the world.  She has spent much of her life focused on philanthropy and is dedicated to education; communications; arts and culture; medical research; animal welfare; social justice and environmental stewardship. "  From the Annenberg Space for Photography website.

To find out more about Wallis Annenberg, the fascinating heiress who started the museum and has funded countless other philanthropic projects for the City of Los Angeles and elsewhere, you might enjoy reading this October 2009 Vanity Fair article:  http://www.vanityfair.com/style/features/2009/10/wallis-annenberg200910.   The world needs more individuals like Wallis Annenberg! 

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Joy Bennett lives in Santa Monica, California and is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and a novel called Cruise.  She has also been...

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