Snapshot of a quiet pilgrim: the hidden side of Annie Leibovitz
From Darwin’s specimens to eerie roads, this is her response to the strange new world of lockdown
Think of Annie Leibovitz and pictures of beautiful men and women swim to mind – the sorts of polished, scenario-led portraits with which the American photographer has been charming the readers of Vanity Fair and Vogue since the 1980s.
From actors to artists via intellectuals, dignitaries and leaders, the list of her subjects goes on and then some. Yet, as Leibovitz has admitted, she doesn’t always find this kind of work fulfilling: “I don’t often get to shoot the kind of things I like to photograph, in the way I like to photograph,” she explained when I interviewed her in 2016.
A new online exhibition that “opened” on the Hauser & Wirth gallery website last week offers the chance to see where Leibovitz’s famously creative mind takes her when she is off assignment and working under her own steam. ..