Ruth Ansel made her debut as a designer as one of the youngest art directors in the history of magazines for Harper’s Bazaar in 1962. Ever since, she has pushed the boundaries of magazine design.
In a career spanning nearly five decades, she has been responsible for era-defining magazine pages and covers for Harper’s Bazaar in the 1960s, The New York Times Magazine in the 1970s, House & Garden and Vanity Fair in the 1980s. She has collaborated with Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Lee Friedlander, Hiro, Andy Warhol, Peter Beard, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz and Tim Walker. Her design studio also designed campaigns for Versace, Karl Lagerfeld and Club Monaco.
Ruth has received the Gold Medal for Design and the Society of Publication Design Award for Continuing Excellence in Publication Design, and was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame.
Current projects include a book with Brett Ratner called Photobooth Pictures. Hall of Femmes: Ruth Ansel a book that chronicles her 50-year career has sold out and is being reprinted.
The Iris Nights lecture series, is a free public program offered free of charge, by online reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. The series brings to life the most current exhibit with presentations by exhibit featured photographers and other notable experts and guest artists, and takes place at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios, located directed across the park from the Photography Space.
Don't be discouraged if you are unable to get tickets through our online ticketing system. The standby list for each lecture begins at 5pm on the day of the event in person at Skylight Studios. About 10 minutes prior to the start of the lecture, we release any seats that have not been claimed by ticketholders to our standby guests.