We just returned from the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles where we spent time with the artists that Russell Brown – senior creative director at Adobe, personally helped select for the Digital Darkroom exhibit. Russell chose these particular artists from the US, UK and France because their images told a story and their work made him “want to BE them.”
It was a rare occasion to have nearly all of the 17 participating artists there to meet and greet art lovers at the VIP gala reception. Delicious hors doeuvres and bubbly champagne flowed along with the infectious enthusiasm of the artists themselves who were all excited to meet each other, walk through the space and admire the work. For some, it was the first time seeing their digital work in this traditional printed format.
There’s nothing quite like hanging out with artists. Creativity clearly courses through their veins and it’s just as fascinating to hear them describe the process it took to achieve the end result, as it is to observe the work itself. Many expressed that although they love and appreciate Photoshop, they would find a way to realize their visions even if it didn’t exist – simply for the love of the craft. Russell says it’s not about the technology alone, but the talent behind the tools that really makes it sing.
A TIP for museum-goers: make sure to watch both the artist feature film and the 3D video presentation when you arrive at the museum. Brilliantly produced and directed by the talented Steven Kochones, it will set the context for your gallery experience. It isn’t until you see all that goes into the creation of one image, that you truly appreciate the work that is hanging on the walls.
In the coming weeks, we’ll give you a behind the scenes look at some of the artists we had the privilege of talking to while visiting the Annenberg Space for Photography. We certainly left inspired…
The exhibit runs from December 19 – May 28. The space will be closed December 24th, 25th and January 1st in observance of the holiday.