DC’s all star fall art season continues with this Saturday’s opening of Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s life exhibit at the Corcoran.
Possibly today’s most recognizable female photographer in pop culture, Annie Leibovitz started her career in the 70s at.
Rolling Stone. She became the magazine’s chief photographer in 1973, where she shot a series of iconic covers some of which maintain their air of controversy even today:
Ten years later, in 1983 she began working her seminal collaboration Vanity Fair,
and then Vogue, creating a legendary body of work. In addition to her magazine work, Leibovitz has been the eye behind influential advertising campaigns for American Express, Gap, Givenchy, The Sopranos, and the Milk Board.
And while her magazine and editorial work has been nothing if not inspirational if you ever had the pleasure of seeing it printed large format, you know just how special it feels. One of my all time favorite images of hers is that of Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis, in an homage to Some Like it Hot, which has been permanently etched in my young impressionably mind ever since I saw it blown up 4×5 feet at a Leibovitz retrospective in college.
Her camera is both unapologetic and flattering, and she provokes the kind of fearlessness in her subjects that only someone who is fearless herself can.
The material in the exhibition at the Corcoran, and in the accompanying book of the same title, which is published by Random House, encompasses both the work Leibovitz made on assignment as a professional photographer as well as personal photographs of her family and close friends.
“I don’t have two lives,” Leibovitz says. “This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.”The material documents the birth of her three daughters and many events involving her large and robust family, including the death of her father.
according to the press release: Portraits of public figures include the pregnant Demi Moore, Nelson Mandela in Soweto, George W. Bush with members of his Cabinet at the White House, William S. Burroughs in Kansas, and Agnes Martin in Taos. The assignment work also includes searing reportage from Sarajevo in the early 1990s and a series of landscapes taken in the American West and in the Jordanian desert.
The exhibit opened exactly a year a go at the Brooklyn Museum, and then embarked on an international tour. Pit stops, aside from Corcoran will include San Diego Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, and London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Don’t miss this slice of pop culture perfection while it is here.
(which would be till January 2008)
more details + tickets here: