“Emerging” at The Annenberg Space for Photography – Los Angeles photo exhibition review

“Emerging” at The Annenberg Space for Photography – Los Angeles photo exhibition review

The Annenberg Space for Photography’s new exhibition Emerging, focuses on the works of 90 up-and-coming photographers from around the world. This gorgeous exhibition runs all summer through September 20, 2015, and introduces us to a range of artists and photojournalists to watch — all hand selected by the editors at Photo District News (PDN), an award-winning monthly magazine for professional photographers.

These images bring a fresh perspective and creative techniques to the craft of professional photography. Emerging explores how a new generation of photographers examines a variety of topics, from the personal to the global: youth culture, family, the environment, economic uncertainty, conflict and civil unrest, and the nature of the photographic image itself.

In addition to nearly 100 prints, the exhibition will include videos, multimedia pieces, self-published books, zines and a changing slideshow of images posted on social media illustrating the many ways emerging photographers have shown and shared their work.

Screening regularly is an original short documentary that was produced by Arclight Productions following a commission from the Annenberg Space for Photography. The documentary profiles the ten of the photographers who have been featured in PDN’s 30 issue, by following them as they work and granting us a glimpse behind the scenes.

The photographers highlighted in the documentary include Corey Arnold, Olivia Bee, Peter DiCampo, Pari Dukovic, JUCO, Dina Litovsky, Diana Markosian, Ilvy Njokiktjien, Katie Orlinsky, and Marcus Smith.

Ilvy Njokiktjien remarks, “When you see a photo, you get a feeling right away.” Michael Clinard’s idiosyncratic commercial and editorial photographs are brimming with vivid colors and quirky style.

Corey Arnold, “A lot of people live vicariously through photos. I want to show things that people don’t normally have access to see.” To this end, Arnold has worked on deep sea fishing boats, notably on a commercial crab boat in Alaska as a deck hand. “I like to take viewers on this journey along with me.”

Katie Orlinsky focuses on real situations and real people. She lived in Mexico for two years before she got noticed, risking her life documenting events in Juarez, “the murder capital of the world.”

Dina Oganova is Russian-born and has frequently trained her camera on the people of Georgia, Russia. She says she’s interested in women and rituals, especially those that offer an opportunity for women to be themselves for one night without being judged. “I have an obsession with contemporary culture,” she confesses.

The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Century City
Skylight Studios is located nearby
10050 Constellation Boulevard
Century City

Open Wednesday through Sunday: 11 am—6 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission is free.
Parking with validation is $3.50 Wednesdays — Fridays and $1.00 on weekends.
For more information call (213) 403-3000 or visit their official site.

The exhibition is guest curated by PDN leadership: Editor in Chief, Holly Stuart Hughes; Senior Editor, Conor Risch; Photo Editor, Amy Wolff; Executive Editor, David Walker and Creative Director, Darren Ching.

About PDN’s 30:

Each year since 1999, the editors of PDN have selected 30 emerging photographers who represent a variety of styles and genres and have demonstrated a distinctive vision, creativity, and versatility. This year, the editors reviewed the work of more than 300 photographers from around the world. To be considered, the photographers must have been shooting on their own professionally for five years or less. Most were nominated by photo editors, art directors, curators, educators and fellow photographers around the world, and some were invited by editors based on work seen in promotions, portfolio reviews or photo contests.

Profiles on each of the 2015 PDN’s 30 photographers are featured in PDN’s April 2015 issue. Thanks to support of the PDN’s 30 sponsors, PDN will also hosts six panel discussions on career strategies for emerging photographers at photo schools, workshops and festivals around the U.S. throughout the year. See more here.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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