Author(s): Annie Leibovitz
"Pilgrimage took Annie Leibovitz to places that she could explore with no agenda. She wasn t on assignment. She chose the subjects simply because they meant something to her. The first place was Emily Dickinson s house in Amherst, Massachusetts, which Leibovitz visited with a small digital camera. A few months later, she went with her three young children to Niagara Falls. 'That s when I started making lists,' she says. She added the houses of Virginia Woolf and Darwin in the English countryside and Freud s final home, in London, but most of the places on the lists were American. The work became more ambitious as Leibovitz discovered that she wanted to photograph objects as well as rooms and landscapes. She began to use more sophisticated cameras and a tripod and to travel with an assistant, but the project remained personal. Leibovitz went to Concord to photograph the site of Thoreau s cabin at Walden Pond. Once she got there, she was drawn into the wider world of the Concord writers. Ralph Waldo Emerson s home and Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott and her family lived and worked, became subjects. The Massachusetts studio of the Beaux Arts sculptor Daniel Chester French, wh
An ambitious and wide-ranging new collection from Annie Leibovitz, one of the most famous photographers of our time, choosing her subjects simply because they mean something to her.
Annie Leibovitz was born in 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. She began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Leibovitz became Rolling Stone's chief photographer in 1973. By the time she left the magazine, ten years later, she had shot one hundred and forty-two covers and published photo essays on scores of stories, including her memorable accounts of the resignation of Richard Nixon and of the 1975 Rolling Stones tour. In 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape. At Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, she developed a large body of work that expanded her collective portrait of contemporary life. In addition to her editorial work, she has created several influential advertising campaigns, including her award-winning portraits for American Express and the Gap. She has also collaborated with many arts organisations. Her large and distinguished body of work encompasses some of the most well-known portraits of our time. Several collections of Leibovitz's work have been published. They include Annie Leibovitz: Photographs (1983); Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970-1990 (1991); Olympic Portraits (1996); Women (1999), in collaboration with Susan Sontag; American Music (2003); A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005 (2006); and Annie Leibovitz at Work (2008). Exhibitions of her photographs have appeared in museums and galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris; the National Portrait Gallery in London; the Hermitage State Museum in St Petersburg, Russia and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. Leibovitz is the recipient of many honours, including the International Center of Photography's Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Society of Magazine Editors' first Creative Excellence Award, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London. She was decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government and has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She lives in New York with her three children, Sarah, Susan, and Samuelle.