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Opening Gala of Beauty Culture exhibition

My primary reason for visiting my sister and brother-in-law, Emily and Gorsha Paramonov, in Los Angeles at this time was to attend the Opening Gala of the Beauty Culture exhibition at The Annenberg Space for Photography. Last autumn I had been surprised to receive an email inviting me to submit an image from Falling Into Place, my series of self portraits, for inclusion in the exhibit. So on Thursday evening, May 19, 2011, we three walked -- I scooted -- into a glittering world of iconic photographers, famous fashion models and designers, Hollywood celebrities, Los Angeles movers and shakers, and a bevy of Beautiful People. It was a surreal and amazing experience. Happily, I discovered my photographer buddy Carl Bower and his wife Terri among the crowds. Carl also had work in the show.

These images take you through the evening as I saw it from the seat of my scooter. You also see a couple of photos -- the first taken by my sister Emily Paramonova, and the second by Carl Bower -- of me grinning from ear-to-ear. It really WAS lots of fun! You will see an ABC-TV news team interviewing Tyen, Lauren Greenfield and Melvin Sokolsky, three of the four featured photographers. Then I'll take you through the exhibition space as it filled with people. That includes not just prints on the wall but the inner circle with two 7x14 foot screens that continuously showed Lauren Greenfield's documentary film that was commissioned for Beauty Culture, and the digital portion of the exhibit in which Carl's and my images appeared. And there was also the party tent where drinks, delicious Wolfgang Puck hors d'oeuvres, and a brief presentation of the featured photographers occurred. There was also a surprise performance by a burlesque queen. Only in Los Angeles!

Oh my, it was a night to remember...
my book, Falling Into Place, is on the bottom left
my book, Falling Into Place, is on the bottom left
my sister and brother-in-law, Emily and Gorsha Paramonov
my sister and brother-in-law, Emily and Gorsha Paramonov
an awestruck Patricia as taken by my sister Emily Paramonova
an awestruck Patricia as taken by my sister Emily Paramonova
ABC-TV news team interviewing  featured photographer Tyen
ABC-TV news team interviewing featured photographer Tyen
part of the print gallery space
part of the print gallery space
ABC-TV news team interviewing  featured photographer Lauren Greenfield
ABC-TV news team interviewing featured photographer Lauren Greenfield
more of the print portion of the exhibit
more of the print portion of the exhibit
ABC-TV news team interviewing featured photographer Melvin Sokolsky
ABC-TV news team interviewing featured photographer Melvin Sokolsky
one of the many celebrities
one of the many celebrities
the digital viewing space
the digital viewing space
some of the people who helped make it happen
some of the people who helped make it happen
Woflgang Puck hors d'oeuvres
Woflgang Puck hors d'oeuvres
in the party tent
in the party tent
Lauren Greenfield with friends
Lauren Greenfield with friends
Carl and Terri Bower
Carl and Terri Bower
Emily, Gorsha, Terri and Carl
Emily, Gorsha, Terri and Carl
me as photographed by Carl Bower
me as photographed by Carl Bower
Tyen
Tyen
Patricia Lanza, Photo Space Talent & Content Director, speaking with Carl
Patricia Lanza, Photo Space Talent & Content Director, speaking with Carl
the featured photographers are introduced
the featured photographers are introduced
Mrs. Wallis Annenberg introduces the surprise entertainment
Mrs. Wallis Annenberg introduces the surprise entertainment
Burlesque for beauty!
Burlesque for beauty!
Carl Bower's photo on the big screen
Carl Bower's photo on the big screen
my photo
my photo
Carl's idea of age and beauty!
Carl's idea of age and beauty!
digital images even in the ladies room!
digital images even in the ladies room!
time to go home to the real world
time to go home to the real world