Annie Leibovitz : A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 / Exhibition in Paris

Maison Européenne de la Photographie / Paris

Annie Leibovitz : A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005
Exhibition > 14 September 2008

Presented for the first time in Europe, this exhibition features over 200 prints and includes work made on editorial assignment for magazines such as Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue, as well as personal photographs of her family and 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.”

Annie Leibovitz
Vélo renversé d’un enfant tué par un sniper, Sarajevo, 1994
© Annie Leibovitz/Contact Press Images.
Courtesy Vanity Fair

The exhibition features many of Leibovitz’s best-known portraits of public figures, including actors such as Jamie Foxx, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt; athletes preparing for the 1996 Olympic Games; and George W. Bush with members of his Cabinet at the White House.

The show also highlights images of artists and architects such as Richard Avedon, Brice Marden, Philip Johnson and Cindy Sherman. Leibovitz’s assignment work includes reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s, the election of Hillary Clinton to the U.S. Senate, and the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
The artist has photographed landscapes from the American West, the Jordanian desert and the wilds of upstate New York, and these are featured prominently.

At the heart of the exhibition, images from Leibovitz’s personal life reflect many intimate and moving moments; as well as images taken on her travels there are photos documenting the birth and childhood of her three daughters, and family reunions.

Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 threads together the two sides of Leibovitz’s work both chronologically and creatively, projecting a narrative of the artist’s private life against the backdrop of her public image as one of America’s best-known celebrity photographers.

Annie Leibovitz
Nicole Kidman, New York, 2003
© Annie Leibovitz/Contact Press Images
Courtesy Vogue

Annie Leibovitz
Mon frère Philip et mon père, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1988
© Annie Leibovitz/Contact Press Images

The exhibition was organized by the Brooklyn Museum with support from Amercian Express. It has been hosted by the San Diego Museum of Art, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, San Francisco’s de Young Museum. It appears for the first time in Europe at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, supported by Figaroscope, before travelling to London’s National Portrait Gallery.

Text © Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Images © Annie Leibovitz/Contact Press Images.
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~ by Stampfli & Turci on August 12, 2008.

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