Jewish Journal

The Power of Photography

by Joy Bennett

October 27, 2013 | 1:28 pm

Exhibits at the Annenberg Space for Photography

Last Wednesday afternoon we attended the Media Preview of the spectacular new exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography.  ‘The Power of Photography’ exhibit celebrates the remarkable photography from National Geographic’s 125 years of existence.  This exhibit, which is free to the public, is stunning.  Beautiful and moving photos line the walls, and there are two short films shown about the making of the exhibit and the photographs and photographers involved, with many large screens throughout.  Huge, well-displayed photos that are breathtaking in their composition and subjects are everywhere in the museum.

This is one of my favorite places to see, and I highly recommend a visit to the Photography Space soon.  The exhibit just opened on October 26th and runs through April 27 of next year. 

The Annenberg Space for Photography is dedicated to presenting photography in its best light, using state of the art technology, world-class photographers, and inspiring subjects.  It is generously funded by the Annenberg Foundation, which “exists to advance public well-being through improved communication” (from the exhibit brochure).  If you are photographer at any level as I am, just visiting and studying the photos in this museum will greatly improve your eye and your own photography.

One highlight of the afternoon for me was meeting David Guttenfelder, an award-winning Associated Press photographer.  He is a remarkable photographer and a very nice fellow. Mr. Guttenfelder was at the Media Preview along with many of the other gifted photographers whose work is in the exhibit.  He is one of the few news photographers ever to visit North Korea, and has visited that country 25 times. His work and dedication give us a rare look into this mysterious and fascinating country. 

For more information, visit their website annenbergspaceforphotography.org, and even better, visit the exhibit itself soon. It is remarkable, not to be missed. 

Note: For more photos, visit my writer's website joybennett.com.  I have also just added more coverage and photos from the Hollywood Black Film Festival on my website, check it out.   

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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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