Annenberg Space For Photography Presents IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits, September 24, 2016 – February 26, 2017

First Exhibition of World-Renowned Photographer’s Full List Series Portraits and Debut of The Trans List, Intimate Portraits of Transgender Pioneers

On September 24, 2016, the Annenberg Space for Photography (2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067) brings together for the first time all 151 photographs in IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits. In addition, the series’ latest installment, The Trans List, will premiere 40 intimate and revealing photographs of members of the transgender community. The Trans List will also debut as an HBO Documentary Film on December 5th, 2016. The never previously exhibited collection of The Trans List portraits will be on display at the Annenberg Space for Photography beside Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ existing images from The Black List, The Latino List, The Women’s List and The Out List. The List series offers a refreshing and deeply engaging look into race, gender, class, sexuality and ethnicity in America. This exhibition runs through February 2017.Annenberg Space For Photography logo

The List Project began over 10 years ago with Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. “I was shooting her portrait for Margaret Garner, an opera for which she had written the libretto,” said Greenfield-Sanders. “During lunch we discussed the extraordinary number of black divas who auditioned for the production. ‘Timothy,’ she said, ‘You should shoot portraits of black divas for a book. I’ll write the text.'”

From there, the idea blossomed into multiple HBO Documentary Films and what is now a collection that spans 151 interviews and photography portraits, eight documentaries, four books, thirteen solo museum exhibitions, two museum catalogs and an educational initiative reaching countless schools and universities. It is unlike any project in media today: riveting, entertaining, and educating people of all ages on multiple platforms, as it humanizes the world in which we live.

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, and it creates a new paradigm in the world of photography.

A great portrait does so much more than merely capture its subject,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. “It gives us a glimpse into the subject’s humanity, sometimes even a window into the soul. That’s what Timothy Greenfield-Sanders achieves through his extraordinary photographic eye, and I’m delighted that he has turned his lens and his wonderful talent toward the trans community with The Trans List. These stirring and engaging portraits explore the very notion of what separates us and what unites us—how gender and sexuality shape us and define us as people. It’s a highly compelling look at a long-ignored community, and it is truly great art at the same time. To engage and enlighten and astonish, as these photographs do, is the very purpose of the Annenberg Space, and I’m pleased that we’re able to debut this new work.”


Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ entire “The List” series will be on display at the Annenberg Space for Photography. (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)

Photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is known for his strikingly intimate portraits of world leaders and major cultural figures. From presidents to porn stars, artists to Oscar winners, Greenfield-Sanders’ work defines a certain cultural photographic canon of our time. His portraits can be found in numerous museum collections; both the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston own limited editions sets of Art World, his 1999 collection of 700 portraits of artists, dealers, collectors and critics. In 2012, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. exhibited all fifty large-scale images from The Black List series. Greenfield-Sanders has produced and directed eleven documentary films to date. He won a Grammy Award for his 1998 film Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart and a NAACP Spirit Award in 2009 for The Black List: Volume 1 (HBO). In 2015, he received the Pratt Legend Award. His recent films include the Sundance premiered doc About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (HBO), The Out List (HBO) and The Women’s List (PBS’ American Masters). Books of Greenfield-Sanders’ work have been published by Atria, Skira, Powerhouse, Bulfinch and Fotofolio.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders received his B.A. from Columbia University in New York and his M.F.A. from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.


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