WOMEN: New Portraits By Annie Leibovitz

Can you capture the infinitive varieties of womanhood? That’s what Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibition, “Women: New Portraits”, an extension of a project she began with her late partner Susan Sontag in 1999, attempts to achieve.

“Visualizing what women look like, who we are, was a very, very important thing to do,” Leibovitz explains. “Men have been portrayed, we understand in art and photographs very well. We understand how men look, but with women haven’t really developed that. Who are we? With my work, I’m very interested in what women do and who we are.”

The new photographs were unveiled at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London on January 16, before travelling onto Tokyo and San Francisco. Further exhibitions are to be held in Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich. The full tour schedule can be viewed here.

“It is extraordinary to do this work for UBS on a subject that I really care about. It is such a big undertaking and a broad subject it is like going out and photographing the ocean.”

Designated a Living Legend by the USA’s Library of Congress, Annie has been documenting popular culture since the early 1970s when she worked for Rolling Stone as a photojournalist. In the 1980s she began exploring portraiture with photographs for Vanity Fair and Vogue.

This is a beautiful exhibition not to be missed.

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