The Annenberg Space for Photography Hosts Extreme Adventure Photographers for IRIS Nights Lecture Series Coinciding With 'Extreme Exposure' Exhibit

Oct 20, 2010, 09:00 ET from The Annenberg Space for Photography

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Annenberg Space for Photography will host some of the world's most adventurous photographers as part of the IRIS Nights lecture series, in support of its latest exhibit, Extreme Exposure.  The photographers will offer a first hand account of their quest for the perfect shot in some of the planet's most extreme environments.

Extreme Exposure features photographers Clyde Butcher, Michael Nichols, Paul Nicklen, Donna and Stephen James O'Meara who risk their lives to document some of the Earth's harshest terrains.  These daredevil lensmen dangle from helicopters, immerse themselves in alligator-infested waters, and endure subzero temperatures and active volcanoes in pursuit of true-to-life photography.

In addition to the print exhibit, the Photography Space will feature a digital presentation with hundreds of these photographers' images on high-resolution screens, transporting the visitors to some of the most remote and beautiful places on Earth.

The five Extreme Exposure photographers appear on camera in the film presentation to share firsthand accounts of working in the wild. These unique individuals thrive in environments that few dare to explore, and their work has resulted in stunning images captured through extraordinary effort. The photographers do not stop at getting a spectacular shot; they bring back compelling images of the natural world, using photography to help preserve it.

The Annenberg Space for Photography offers an opportunity for visitors to hear in person accounts of these and other extreme photographers discussing their work and the lengths they go to bring their images to the public as part of the IRIS Nights lecture series. Guest speakers include National Geographic contributors Donna and Stephen James O'Meara, Michael Nichols, Karen Kasmauski, George Steinmetz and Mark Moffett, as well as acclaimed photographers Clyde Butcher, Tyler Stableford, Mark Fisher, Cyril Christo and Marie Wilinson, Aaron Huey and Steven Alvarez.  The IRIS Nights lecture series takes place Thursday evenings in the Photography Space and is free to the public with advance registration. Full schedule is listed below.

Extreme Exposure runs from October 23, 2010 through April 12, 2011.



Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Ave of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

(213) 403-3000

October 28, 2010, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Stephen James O'Meara

Topic: Does the Moon Affect Volcanoes on Earth?

Stephen James O'Meara is an award-winning astronomer and National Geographic photographer specializing in volcanic eruptions around the world and how they affect humanity.

November 4, 2010, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Aaron Huey

Topic: Walk Across America

Aaron Huey will speak about his experience and photographs from his solo walk across America and discuss the influences carried over from that event into the rest of his career in photojournalism.

November 11, 2010, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson

Topic: In The Footsteps of Giants

Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson will discuss documenting the disappearance of the elephant from Africa and their book Walking Thunder.

November 18, 2010, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Stephen Alvarez

Topic: Earth From Below

Earth from Below is photojournalist Steve Alvarez's chronicle of the world's unseen landscapes from his cave expeditions to the most remote corners of the Earth including the world's deepest cave in Abkhazia on the border with Russia, the vertigo inspiring pits of his native Tennessee in the US and more.

December 2, 2010, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Michael Nichols

Topic: Photographing Nature's Giants

National Geographic photographer and editor at large Michael Nichols' talk, "Photographing Nature's Giants," will showcase the images and stories behind some of his most impressive assignments, including his most recent work in the California Redwoods. Nichols will discuss how he made a complex mosaic photograph, as well as his experience photographing elephants, tigers and gorillas all over the world. 

December 9, 2010, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Karen Kasmauski

Topic: Observations

Karen Kasmauski has built her career on close observation of people, specializing in bringing a human face to the impact of science and social developments. In her lecture, Kasmauski will share experiences from her work on a variety of challenging assignments, showing how she explores multifaceted issues and finds ways to connect with people, developing engaging stories and meaningful photographs.

December 16, 2010, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: George Steinmetz

Topic: Hyper Arid: Aerial Photos of the World's Extreme Deserts  

George Steinmetz has been a regular contributor to National Geographic and GEO magazines for over two decades.  This presentation will cover Steinmetz's work on all continents, as well as examine the themes of ecology and sustainability in areas that few have ever visited.

January 6, 2011, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Mark Fisher

As a professional photographer and mountaineer, Mark Fisher has been fortunate to combine and develop his passions into a successful career through a mix of formal education, personal exploration and mentorship from top-notch photographers and mountaineers around the world. His work emphasizes action sports, outdoor lifestyle and environmental portraiture.  

January 13, 2011, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Clyde Butcher

Topic: The Everglades in Black and White

Clyde Butcher will share the journey that brought his life from a career in architecture to one as a landscape photographer. The lecture will cover his adventures photographing in the wilds of the Everglades ecosystem, his photography and the environment.

January 20, 2011, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Mark Moffett

Topic: Ants as Journalism: Chasing Down the Secret Lives of Small Subjects

Mark Moffett is a Harvard-trained ecologist who has had close to 500 images in National Geographic magazine, mostly of the small and little-appreciated: spiders, frogs, snakes.  His goal in photography is to make people fall in love with the unexpected in nature.  

January 27, 2011, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Tyler Stableford

Topic: Out There: Capturing the Dramatic Moment

Tyler Stableford is an award-winning adventure photographer and filmmaker who will take the audience behind the scenes of his latest assignments, from exploring rare ice caves to covering the dangerous lives of underground coal miners. He will also show DSLR films of flying with F-16 fighter pilots and skiing with Paralympic athletes.

March 3, 2011, 6:30 PM8:30 PM

Slideshow Night

This Slideshow night will showcase a select group of handpicked national and international photographers who work on the edge to capture wildlife, climate, environment, culture and challenging conditions and situations. The screens of the Annenberg Space for Photography will display an array of exciting images that compliment the current exhibition.

Complimentary food and beverage will be provided to registered guests.

March 10, 2011, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Donna O'Meara

Topic: Blown Away

Donna O'Meara is recognized worldwide as an award-winning volcano photographer, author and volcano expert. She will discuss how she began shooting active volcanoes and some of the fun, scary and strange adventures her work has taken her on.

Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, CA 90067

Tel: 213.403.3000  

Wednesday through Sunday: 11am-6pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday.

General admission is free.  

Extreme Exposure is presented in conjunction with our media partners:

Treehugger, The Huffington Post and Los Angeles Magazine.

About the Annenberg Space for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting compelling photography. The Space conveys a range of human experiences and serves as an expression of the philanthropic work of the Annenberg Foundation and its Directors. The intimate environment features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned and emerging photographers. The exhibits change three times a year.   It is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area.

About the Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation is a private family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with several projects that expand and complement its grant support to nonprofits.  Among them are innovative nonprofit capacity building initiatives, the Annenberg Space for Photography, Explore, and the Metabolic Studio.  The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

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