Identity at the Annenberg Space for Photography


The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural center in Los Angeles that offers the community to visit its spacious gallery space, attend photography-themed guest lectures & participate in special event community concerts and events. The Annenberg Space for Photography opened in 2009 and houses both digital and print photography exhibitions.

My family and I recently visited the gallery space to view IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders – The List Portraits. The collective works of photographer, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, comprised of 151 uniquely compelling large-format photographs of leaders of today’s marginalized communities: The Black List, The Latino List, The Women’s ListThe Out List and The Trans List.

We were strongly discouraged from taking photographs of the displayed works in the gallery space. Instead, we were invited to invest our time in learning about the stories of the people photographed because each individual had interesting stories about how they faced adversity and became successful in their own right.


We were also invited to learn more about Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ creative process by witnessing him in action via a virtual reality experience. Ample virtual reality stations, along with readily available virtual reality headsets, provided for this unique learning opportunity to see the master at work with his legendary subjects.


We were also invited to check out a replica of Greenfield-Sanders’ studio setting (lighting, background, camera format) while we think about what the idea of identity personally means to us. The kids and I had the most fun with this interactive experience because it allowed for us to actively participate in taking photographs of each other all while talking about how much thought and planning go into photo shoots. Greenfield-Sanders’ purposeful take on the studio setting — one light source, one colored backdrop, one camera format — forces the subject matter to be the main focus of the ultimate photo.

“Was this on purpose?” my son asked.

“Yes, it is.”

“Why?” asked my daughter.

“To show everyone that even in the same world, we are all different and we identify to others differently.”

“How?” they both asked.

“Through our cultural or national background, whether we are a boy or a girl, whether we like boys or girls as our husband or wife, or how we see ourselves fit, or maybe not fit, into these groups.”


“Ok, let’s take pictures.”



The visual medium is indeed powerful in expressing a feeling, an idea, a statement, a stance, a person, a family, a culture.

Thanks, Annenberg Space for Photography, for this experience.


IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders – The List Portraits
September 24, 2016
 through February 26, 2017
The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars #10
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Free Admission

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