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Register for free Photosynthesis photo and music festival

Jim Marshall by his photo of Jim Morrison
Jim Marshall by his photo of Jim Morrison
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Oh snap! Photography and music combine for Photosynthesis, a free festival this Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Century Park in Century City adjacent to the Annenberg Space for Photography. Advanced registration is mandatory, so RSVP here. Doors open at 2:00 p.m., and the event runs until 9:30 p.m.

Picture this: three amazing photographers share the stories behind the images, which will be displayed on two gigantic 15' x 15' LED video walls between sets of live music. KKJZ's Gary “The Wagman” Wagner emcees.

Award-winning photographer Amelia Davis, who was also the assistant to prolific rock photographer Jim Marshall (pictured) for his final thirteen years, kicks off the talks with a slide presentation of Marshall's iconic images from Woodstock, Monterey Pop and more. The Murphy Family Band from Culver City is slated to follow with a mix of live bluegrass music.

Next up is Ethan Russell, the only photographer to shoot album covers of the top three bands of the 60s: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who. Revel in excerpts from Russell's theatrical performance The Best Seat in the House, based on his book American Story, as well as photographs of Jim Morrison, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin and others. After Russell, Run Boy Run rolls out an acoustic blend of bluegrass, folk and Americana with a twist of classical and jazz.

Rounding out the photography lectures is the highly acclaimed photographer Mark Seliger, whose remarkable portraits of musical artists have been center stage in a number of Annenberg Space for Photography exhibits as well as museums. You've probably seen his work in glossy magazines - Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue, to name two - without realizing it.

The eponymous James Harman's Bamboo Porch Revue, fronted by a harmonica player, songwriter, bandleader, and veteran of the blues roadhouse circuit, follows the final talk. Then, photographer Mark Seliger returns to the stage with his country music band, Rusty Truck. Joey Peters (Grant Lee Buffalo) mans the drums, Michael Duff (Chalk Farm) plays guitar, and Kristin Mooney dishes up vocals. Better not be camera shy. Rusty Truck's last song will showcase a crowd-sourced music video featuring material shot throughout the festival and submitted through social media by members of the audience, including you!

In addition to the behind-the-scenes tales and live music, Bel Air Camera, Fujifilm, The Impossible Project, the Palm Springs Photo Festival and Samy's Camera expose you to the latest photographic equipment and techniques at their booths. Win a raffle prize, snag a giveaway or take advantage of discounts. Peruse Framework's custom slideshow and the Los Angeles Times' photography and video blog in Skylight Studios. Rather DIY? Step into one of the complimentary photo booths on site, create your own images and share them on social media

Eats from a variety of cafes and food trucks are available for purchase. If you're over 21, slip into the beer garden, which opens at 4 p.m.

Time to photo shop!

Details: Photosynthesis photo and music festival - free LA event with RSVP. August 9, 2014 from 2 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Century Park adjacent to Annenberg Space for Photography. 2000 Avenue of the Stars. Century City. 90067.

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