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Though its claim to fame is as L.A.’s first cultural venue devoted specifically to photography, the Annenberg incorporates myriad artistic pursuits; summer 2014 brought Photosynthesis, a festival that placed country musicians on stage with prominent photographers telling stories behind their projected images—a corollary to its “Country: Portraits of an American Sound” exhibition. The building is an architectural feat inspired by a camera, with a circular digital gallery within a square building whose ceiling takes on the whirligig curves of a camera lens. Digital photography projected on 7-by14-foot screens, such as its pioneering “Digital Darkroom” exhibition, enjoys equal stature with traditional photography, as in its retrospective of National Geographic photos for the magazine’s 125th anniversary. Note: Self-parking in the underground garage at Century Park, a block away, is $3.50 for 3 hours with validation Tuesday through Friday until 4:30pm, $1 flat rate weekdays after 4:30pm and all day weekends.