Admission to the exhibits at the Space is free. Some workshops, forums and other special events may require registration fees.
The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, and it creates a new paradigm in the world of photography.
Photo by: © 2009 Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai
The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance public well-being through improved communication
With its long history of grantmaking to support the exchange of ideas and knowledge, the Foundation is enhancing its direct involvement in the community. The Annenberg Space for Photography informs and inspires the public by connecting photographers, philanthropy and the human experience through powerful imagery and stories.
Design and Architecture
The interior design is influenced by the mechanics of a camera and its lens. The central, circular digital gallery is contained within the square building to create an architectural metaphor for a convex lens. Even the ceiling features a striking, iris-like design that is reminiscent of the aperture of a lens.
The Space is a cultural environment where people can exchange ideas, learn and explore different topics, and is designed to serve many different functions. In addition to the print and digital galleries, the rear portion of the building features a photography reading room and a workshop area that includes a residential-style kitchen for special programs.
Architecture by AECOM Design (formerly DMJM Design)
Technology at the Space
Cutting-edge technology meets artistry
Seamless 7’ x 14’ 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. In addition to providing professional photographers a long sought after level of image quality, and displaying their art in the best light possible, it also allows for the display of thousands of images in a comparatively small location. The technology in use in the Digital Gallery was created expressly for the Photography Space. HD video shorts created to accompany the rotating exhibits and specialty programming for lunch hour visitors are other forms of digital image content being produced for viewing on the giant screens.
Microsoft Surface Tables
Microsoft Surface, the first commercially available surface computer from Microsoft Corp., turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. It is a natural user interface that allows people to interact with digital content the same way they have interacted with everyday items such as photos, paintbrushes and music their entire life: with their hands, with gestures and by putting real-world objects on the surface.
At the Annenberg Space for Photography, Microsoft Surface tables, each with a 30-inch display in a table-like form, will allow patrons to go deeper into the collection, see more of an exhibition and get hands-on, literally, with the artwork.
For more information about Microsoft Surface please visit www.surface.com
The Space contains an area filled with books to educate and inspire visitors about the art of photography. Guests are encouraged to explore this unique art form through the many different titles available, and, in many cases, read about the very photographers featured in the current exhibit
Annenberg Foundation Trustees
Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, is a visionary who strives to improve the well-being of people and communities throughout the world. Wallis has spent much of her life focused on philanthropy dedicated to education, communications, arts and culture, medical research, animal welfare, social justice and environmental stewardship.
Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Founation, is dedicated to supporting innovative projects in the arts, education, and humanitarian efforts.
Charles Annenberg Weingarten
Charles Annenberg Weingarten, a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation, has broad interests in entrepreneurialism, the arts and philanthropy. He is dedicated to advancing opportunities in education; improving the quality of life in third world nations; exploring the power and potential of emerging communication technologies; and supporting creative and visionary efforts to preserve the environment.
Lauren Bon serves as a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation. She is a graduate of Princeton University and MIT and holds degrees in architecture and the history and theory of art. She lived in London for more than a decade and currently lives in Los Angeles where she is raising a son and a daughter.
Lauren's work as a Director is most notable for her project-based philanthropy and her studio for practice, the Metabolic Studio.
Exhibits change every three to six months.
Opened in 2013, the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios is a 5,000-square-foot multimedia studio and retail gallery located directly across the park from the Photography Space. Skylight Studios provides an enhanced lecture viewing atmosphere and experience through state-of-the-art A/V equipment, a concert-quality audio system and HD broadcast capabilities.
Because of overwhelming interest, we unfortunately cannot accept unsolicited submissions at this time. Submissions will only be accepted for review in the form of a website or digital lightbox. No original work will be accepted or reviewed. The Annenberg Space for Photography cannot assume responsibility for any artwork or materials sent. Please email submissions with the following: name, contact information, website address or digital lightbox information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced online registration for Iris Nights, our Thursday evening lecture series, is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration for each lecture begins 10 days prior to the date of the lecture. These lectures are held at Skylight Studios, located across the park from the Annenberg Space for Photography. Please visit the Iris Nights page for more information. We encourage you to subscribe to our email newsletter so we can notify you when registration begins.
Since the lectures launched in 2009, they have grown tremendously in popularity. Due to the size of our venue, we have more interest in the lecture series than we can accommodate.
Most of our Iris Nights lectures are available for live streaming. To see a live lecture, please visit the Iris Nights Live page approximately 10 minutes before the lecture's listed start time. To view one of our past lectures, please visit the Watch Past Lectures section of our website.
If you receive a web page confirmation after registering for a lecture online but do not receive an email confirmation, your ticket(s) have most likely been reserved. We find that tickets often don’t make their way to the recipient due to a misspelled email address in Eventbrite. Please review your email address in your Eventbrite profile, or feel free to contact us if you would like to confirm that your name is on the list of registrants.
You have two options for checking in at the lecture: bring your printed ticket with you or simply provide your name to the Staff Member at the Front Desk when checking in.
Guests are asked to arrive and be seated by 6:20pm at the latest. Once we’ve reached capacity, we are obligated to restrict further guests from entering. Signs are placed outside Skylight Studios main entrance to notify the public we’ve reached capacity. Parking validations for guests who are not able to enter the lectures are available outside Skylight Studios main entrance.
If you have reserved a ticket to one of our Iris Nights lectures and find that you are unable to attend, please notify us by email at email@example.com
To let more guests see our Iris Nights lecture series, we are releasing an additional set of tickets to view the lecture televised live in the Digital Gallery of the Annenberg Space for Photography (walking distance from Skylight Studios). These Digital Gallery tickets are free, released on a first-come first-serve basis, and will be made available online eight days prior to the date of the lecture.
Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA
10050 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Hours / Admission
Wed - Sun: 11am - 6pm
Mon - Tue: Closed