In the dwindling days of the Annenberg Space for Photography's “Who Shot Rock & Roll” exhibit, Ed Colver discusses his early years as an L.A. punk-rock shutterbug in his lecture, “Living in Chaos: Capturing The Birth of L.A. Hardcore.” Minus the brief stint studying at UCLA, the Pomona-born Colver was a largely self-thought photographer perfectly suited for a self-taught genre; his first published photo for Bam magazine was of local performance artist/'70s punk musician Johanna Went. Colver would go on to shoot L.A. bands from Black Flag to Bad Religion to Social Distortion. His image of Wasted Youth singer Danny Spira splattered in blood made the cover of Steven Blush's 2001 book American Hardcore: A Tribal History, the basis of 2006's documentary of the same name. (Colver released his own punk rock tome in 2006, Blight at the End of the Funnel.) Colver has also contributed album covers, most notably Black Flag's Damaged, as well as for other artists as disparate as Aerosmith and Snoop Dogg. The Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Culver City, Thurs., Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.; free. (213) 403-3000,

Thu., Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m., 2012

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