Project 365 Day 44: CAA Building/ Annenberg Space for Photography

You may notice my blog looking a little bit different. I am experimenting with things to put on my blog and add to the reader experience. One of the things on the right hand side that I just added--and really like--is the Flickr widget, which allows you to get to my Flickr, and see my latest 3 photos. OK, so Day 44 is getting its own post because there is a lot to the story of this photo:

Project 365 #44: CAA building

This is the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) building in Century City, CA. CAA represents a ton of famous actors, and their building is gorgeous. I was standing directly in front of the building, and photographed it looking almost straight up. All I brought with me was my point and shoot. Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40) Aperture: f/3.2 Focal Length: 5.9 mm ISO Speed: 160

But I didn't go there to be a looky-loo (I'm a local, dammit!). Behind this CAA buidling is the Annenberg Space for Photography. This is a new space that just opened up last year, and offers a beautiful gallery of photos as well as a free lecture series called IRIS NIGHTS, which features noteworthy photographers.

Last night, I had the opportunity to see photographer Neil Leifer. Mainly a sports photographer, Leifer has been photographing since he was 16 years old, getting himself onto the football field by rolling wheelchair bound veterans onto the field and shooting from the sidelines. He has taken some of the most iconic sports photographs (Ali vs. Liston KO), and was at the first Superbowl (Before it was even called the Superbowl). I loved seeing his legendary photos, and hearing his account of how media coverage has changed so much over the decades. As an example of this, he showed a photo of the first Superbowl coin toss. There were 4 football players--2 captains from each team-- and the referee. He then showed a photo of the coin toss from the Superbowl in 2005, which consisted of about 10 football players from each team, the ref, some children, quite a few photographers and a video camera. I wouldn't be surprised if there were 35 people on the field. It was such an honor and inspiration to be able to see this photographer in person.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, do yourself a favor a check out the Annenberg. The IRIS lecture nights are free, but are mostly on Thursday evenings, which means beating LA traffic. It is definitely worth it.

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