21 February, 2009


(Arriving at LACMA!)

So i'm WAY behind on my photoblogging, but i'm gonna try and get back at it, i'll start by posting several drafts that i haven't wrapped up yet.

Firstly, I want to discuss the Vanity Fair exhibit at the LA County Museum (LACMA) that I attended with my good friends Adam Reynolds and Jennifer Strauss on Valentine's day, it was truly amazing! The exhibit was made up of about 6 rooms, with images spanning from 1913 to 2008. About 4 of which concentrated on some of the earlier images in Vanity Fair's history. It was amazing some of the photos they had in their archives! Portraits of people like Pablo Picasso and even author Thomas Hardy (The Mayor of Casterbridge) just shortly before his death at age 80. 

As the images progressed more toward the 80's to present they became more recognizable, with many famous images done by the world-renowned Annie Leibovitz and Patrick Demarchelier. The exhibit featured two different mediums, they combined large and small prints of the photography along with several flat screen t.v.'s showing some behind the scenes footage of the photographers at work. One that i particularly enjoyed was some footage (without sound) of Annie Leibovitz working with Jake Gyllenhaal, the way she got such an amazing and intimate shot of him just by having a simple conversation with him throughout the shoot was inspiring. I'd like to try and incorporate this technique into some of my shoots in the future.

If you haven't checked out the exhibit yet, I strongly suggest you do! LACMA is the only North American stop on the exhibit's tour I believe.. and it will be at the museum until the first of March. 

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