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 Portraits of an American SoundLos Angeles, CA -- The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Country: Portraits of an American Sound. Offered free to the public May 31 through September 28, 2014, the exhibit presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music. Guest curators for this exhibit are Tim Davis and Michael McCall of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American. Using historical and contemporary photographs to explore how images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself, celebrated performers such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Hank Williams—as well as deejays, fans, executives and musicians—are seen in the works of photographers who documented multiple generations of this popular history.

The photographers include the late amateur photographer Elmer Williams; the late studio photographer Walden S. Fabry; veteran Grand Ole Opry staff photographer Les Leverett; the late Los Angeles-based photographer Leigh Wiener; Boston-based documentary photographer Henry Horenstein; iconic entertainment photographers Henry Diltz, Raeanne Rubenstein and Ethan Russell; and contemporary photographers David McClister and Michael Wilson.

In addition to over 110 prints, the exhibit will feature an original half-hour documentary commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography and produced by Arclight Productions. The film explores the image of country music and its evolution over 80 years, highlighting photography’s role in documenting the history and capturing the culture of this uniquely American sound. The film features photographers and over a dozen country music artists also appear, including Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes, Marty Stuart, Lee Ann Womack and more.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the popular Iris Nights weekly Thursday evening lecture series will begin again on June 5. Tickets are free of charge and available by online reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. The series is also available to view live online via streaming.

Exhibit co-curators Tim Davis and Michael McCall from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be featured on August 21.

About the Annenberg Space for Photography
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 both renowned and emerging photographers. It is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area.

Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Century City, CA 90067
Tel: 213.403.3000

Hours for Annenberg Space for Photography
and Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios
Tuesday through Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am – 9pm

Admission is free. Parking with validation is $3.50 Wednesdays - Fridays and $1.00 on weekends.

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