In 1977, Michael Ochs founded and made available the most comprehensive collection of rock photography in the world — the aptly named Michael Ochs Archives. “It brought out my mischievous side when clients or artists came down to see a specific picture,” Ochs remembers. For instance, after showing standard Supremes photos, he’d also reveal the more risquŽ, never-seen-in-public images. For tonight’s lecture, titled “Past Perfect: Three Decades of Rock Photography,” he’ll spotlight pics by snapshooters Don Paulsen, Earl Leaf, Richard Creamer, Michael Montfort and portraitist James Kriegsmann, and spill the inside stories behind their work. Highlights include a shirtless James Brown backstage at the Apollo; Dylan flirting with Cher at a press party; Simon and Garfunkel when they were teen duo Tom and Jerry; a nearly tattooless Tupac Shakur; a gorgeous young hippie chick named Debbie Harry; a shocking shot of Charlie “Bird” Parker; and Brian Wilson chowing down on his shoe Ñ the first recorded evidence of the latter’s eating disorder. Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Ave. of the Stars, Century City; Thurs., Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m.; free. (213) 403-3000,

Thu., Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m., 2012

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