KCETLink and the Annenberg Space for Photography Partner for ARTBOUND Series Celebrating Photography Premiering April 14

KCETLink and the Annenberg Space for Photography Partner

for ARTBOUND Series Celebrating Photography Premiering April 14


First-Time Broadcast Exclusive of Five Short Documentary Films

About Beauty, Water, Nature, Digital Manipulation and The Identity of Los Angeles


www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/                                                           www.annenbergphotospace.org

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 2, 2015 - The renowned Annenberg Space for Photography, the only cultural destination in Los Angeles dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography, has partnered with KCETLink's award-winning weekly series ARTBOUND to present five television specials that showcase the breadth of artistic works displayed in recent exhibitions at the Photography Space.  The special series on ARTBOUND marks the first time that content from the Annenberg Space for Photography will be broadcast exclusively in a documentary format.

The five episode series will be televised during April and May, highlighting specific themes and the work of esteemed photographers from around the world.  The topics covered in the series explore the essence of Los Angeles; the world's water status; nature; the culture of beauty; and the intersection of art and technology through a variety of digital techniques.  Each episode goes behind the lens to celebrate photography as an art form and a catalyst for positive change. The series will premiere with the first installment entitled L8S ANG3LES in Southern California on April 14 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET and nationally on April 20 at 8 p.m. PT/ET on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410).

"A great photograph captures so much more than a moment in time.  It captures a great artist's vision -- an insight that goes deep inside its subject," said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation.  "We've worked very hard at the Annenberg Space for Photography to present this kind of photography - challenging, thought-provoking work that tells a story, and engages the viewer in a dialogue about everything from our environment to our own self-image to the limits of art itself. I'm so pleased that our partnership with KCETLink and ARTBOUND will bring the significant documentary work that is part of the fabric of our exhibitions to audiences beyond our walls."

"Through this series, we want to help our viewers understand photography as an art form that explores the human condition through a different lens thanks to the efforts of these artists," said Juan Devis, Senior Vice President, Content, Development and Production, KCETLink. "We are thrilled to partner with the Annenberg Space for Photography to be able to profile these visionaries behind one of the most accessible and personal forms of art."

Prior to the broadcast of the first in the series of five episodes, ARTBOUND will publish several online installments at KCET.org/artbound that explore select photographers, their work and their exhibitions at the Photography Space.  

The schedule and description of the various installments are as follows:

APRIL 14L8S ANG3LES, Eight ("8") LA-based photographers and three ("3") photographers from the Los Angeles Times represent richly diverse aspects of contemporary photography and of Los Angeles itself - from film and television celebrities, to coverage of international and local news, to the city's rich cultural scene. The documentary offers a unique display of digital prints along with interviews with the artists speaking about their projects and careers. Highlighting the genres of fine art, architecture, documentary, fashion, photojournalism and celebrity portraits, the artists contributing to the group show are among the most respected in their fields--John Baldessari, Catherine Opie, Greg Gorman, Douglas Kirkland, Tim Street-Porter, Julius Shulman, Lauren Greenfield, and Carolyn Cole. The work from Los Angeles Times staff photographers Lawrence Ho, Genaro Molina, and Kirk McKoy depict life in this city.

APRIL 21: Water Our Thirsty World, Organized in partnership with National Geographic Magazine, the documentary deals with the precarious state of the world's fresh water. The themes include "Sacred Waters," looking at humankind's inspirational relationship with water and celebrating how precious this resource is to all life on the planet; "The Big Melt," examining the environmental challenges of Tibet's freshwater resource, on which two billion people depend; "Parting the Waters," showing how countries are working together to adapt to the drastic reduction in water levels in the Jordan river basin; "The Burden of Thirst," presenting issues facing African women and children who are responsible for delivering the freshwater needs for their families; "California's Pipe Dream," surveying California's vast water infrastructure, thirsty crops, rampant development and threats to the fragile Sacramento Delta; and "Silent Streams," looking at the challenges facing freshwater species and how scientists hope to save them.

APRIL 28: Extreme Exposure, Featuring arresting imagery from five unique talents in photography working on the edge of wildlife, climate and environment, Extreme Exposure showcases swamplands captured by Clyde Butcher using a bold interplay of shadow and light; lush jungle photography by Michael "Nick" Nichols that brings the audience nearly face-to-face with tigers and gorillas; Paul Nicklen's transfixing photos of landscapes found in polar regions and the rare animals inhabiting these isolated environments; and Donna and Stephen James O'Meara's vibrant photos of erupting volcanoes and dancing molten lava.

MAY 19: Beauty CultureAn exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern society, Beauty Culture features works from iconic photographers such as Albert Watson, Bert Stern, Herb Ritts, Man Ray, Jean-Paul Goude, Guy Bourdin, Horst, Melvin Sokolsky, Matthew Rolston, Philippe Halsman, Lauren Greenfield and Tyen. Beauty Culture encourages a social dialogue about the allure and mystique of the pursuit of female beauty, as well as the cult-like glorification and multi-billion dollar industries that surround it.

MAY 26: Digital Darkroom, Featuring the work of 17 artists from the U.S., France and the U.K.,Digital Darkroom explores the intersection of art and technology by presenting altered realities using photography and digital (or darkroom) manipulation. Each artist is a master of different types of digital techniques: compositing highly layered imagery, working in 3D and lenticular imaging, meticulously stitching together images, using lighting in highly inventive ways, and so many others.

To learn more, please visit kcet.org/artbound.



KCETLink Media Group, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV - DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 - and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.



The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting photography. The intimate environment features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned and emerging photographers. It is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area. The Photography Space conveys a range of human experiences and serves as an expression of the philanthropic work of the Annenberg Foundation and its Directors. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Annenberg Foundation.



Ariel Carpenter / Rachel Coulson                        Camille Lowry for Annenberg Space for Photography

acarpenter@kcet.org / rcoulson@kcet.org          clowry@annenberg.org

747-201-5243 / 747-201-5707                              310-209-4568

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