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Annenberg Space for Photography Presents Photoville LA and Contact High

  • Annenberg Space for Photography 2000 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, CA, 90067 United States (map)


Annenberg Space for Photography Presents Photoville LA — the largest photographic event in NYC is now coming to Los Angeles for the first time in its seven-year history, created and produced by UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES.

Photoville LA will feature exhibitions of local and international photographers, bringing together LA based organizations and institutions, and our cultural and photographic community for two consecutive long-weekends of nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family-friendly activities, as well as Smorgasburg selected food vendors and Photoville’s famous community beer garden.

All under the creative and magical environment created through exhibitions using repurposed shipping containers, photo cubes, and special installations making it a unique and festival atmosphere with multiple galleries for Angelenos to explore all for FREE.




Documenting the Rise of a Cultural Phenomenon

Celebrating the photographers who have played a critical role in bringing hip-hop’s visual culture to the global stage, CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop is an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers, as told through their most intimate diaries: their unedited contact sheets.

Curated by Vikki Tobak, based on the bestselling book of the same name, and with creative direction by Fab 5 Freddy, the photographic exhibition includes nearly 140 works from 60 photographers. Guests will also see over 75 original and unedited contact sheets—from Barron Claiborne’s iconic Notorious B.I.G. portraits and early images of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West as they first took to the scene, to Janette Beckman’s defining photos of Salt-N-Pepa, and Jamel Shabazz and Gordon Parks documenting hip-hop culture—CONTACT HIGH allows visitors to look directly through the photographer’s lens and observe all of the pictures taken during these legendary photo shoots.

The exhibit also includes an exclusive new, documentary short film – produced by the Annenberg Foundation and Radical Media – featuring a selection of CONTACT HIGH’s photographers at work and in conversation, including Barron Claiborne, Brian “B+” Cross, Eric Coleman, Estevan Oriol, Jorge Peniche, Jamel Shabazz, Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, Jack McKain, Dana Scruggs, and Danny Clinch.

Rare videos, memorabilia, and music are included to complement the photographs, demonstrating how the documentation of a cultural phenomenon impacts politics, culture, and social movements around the world.

CONTACT HIGH was created in partnership with United Photo Industries.


Tentative Schedule

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Earlier Event: April 5
2019 Senior Thesis Exhibition
Later Event: July 8
2019 CAVAD Summer Academies