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Annenberg Space for Photography

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The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography. The venue is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area.


Wallis Annenberg

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

The Annenberg Space for Photography opened in March 2009 at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles. Located on the former site of the Shubert Theatre, the Annenberg Space for Photography is a 10,000-square-foot facility that features a state-of-the-art digital projection gallery along with a traditional print exhibit area. The combination of these galleries enables the Annenberg Space for Photography to present an unprecedented number of images annually to the general public in a dynamic environment.

Photography is one of the most accessible and personal forms of art. We see the creation of the Annenberg Space for Photography as a service to the community where visitors can see the world through a different lens and leave feeling motivated to make positive change.

Iris Nights Lecture at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios

In addition to being a cultural experience that celebrates photography as an art form, the Photography Space presents images focused on the human condition as an expression of the philanthropic work of the Foundation. As a community space, it provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge.

The Annenberg Space for Photography operates under the stewardship of the Foundation’s  Board of Directors, Wallis Annenberg, Charles Annenberg Weingarten and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten.

The Trustees work directly with guest curators throughout the year on all exhibits and programming.

Images by photographers at all levels of expertise from around the world are featured at the Annenberg Space for Photography. The Space often exhibits unseen photographic collections held by museums, galleries and media organizations.

Admission is free. Valet and validated self-parking are available.

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.

Annenberg Space for Photography

Annenberg Space for Photography at Sink or Swim exhibit

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)