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Tracking Time in America's Ghettos

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The Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars

#10

Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Camilo José Vergara – whose work is featured prominently in our exhibit, and whose long-term records are held at the Library of Congress – is a renowned chronicler of societal shifts in changing urban landscapes. In conversation with Christopher Hawthorne – the former architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times and current Chief Design Officer of Los Angeles – Vergara will share recent work and explore the ways in which location, context, and the passage of time can become photographic subjects in and of themselves.

For more than four decades Camilo José Vergara has devoted himself to photographing and systematically documenting the poorest and most segregated communities in urban America. His focus is on established East Coast cities such as New York, Newark and Camden; rust belt cities of the Midwest like Detroit and Chicago; and such West Coast cities as Los Angeles and Richmond, California.

Vergara was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2002, was a Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers fellow at the New York Public Library, 2007-2008 and received a Berlin Prize Fellowship in 2010. In 2013, he became the first photographer to be awarded the National Humanities Medal.

Of his own work Vergara says: “I think of my images as bricks that, when placed in context with each other, reveal shapes and meanings within these often-neglected urban communities. Through photography, I have become a builder of virtual cities.”

Christopher Hawthorne works in the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti as the Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Before joining City Hall, he was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to early 2018.

Note: The location and time for Iris Nights events have changed. Events are now being held inside Annenberg Space for Photography. Doors open at 6:30PM, so please come enjoy the exhibit! Events begin at 7PM.

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