“Temporary Display of Annie Leibovitz’s Photographs” at the State Hermitage Museum

The works of Annie Leibovitz, one of the most successful photographers of the present day are featured at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibition, titled “Temporary Display of Annie Leibovitz’s Photographs” is on view through January 21, 2019.

Annie Leibovitz (born 1949) made her niche with photographs of celebrities while on assignments from magazines and advertising agencies. In her works, Leibovitz goes beyond the bounds of a commercial shoot, creating indelible and stirring images of personalities.

This exhibition at the Hermitage showcases a selection of photographs that have been presented to the museum as a gift from the creator.

“Beginning with coverage of life in the music industry for the magazine Rolling Stone, Leibovitz soon became one of the foremost portrait photographers and received high-priced, prestigious commissions from the ‘dictators’ of style and fashion — the magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair. Politicians, stars of show business, civic activists, members of the intellectual elite and royalty have all found themselves in front of her lens. Leibovitz prefers not to work in the studio, but on location, having her models pose in a familiar, lived-in setting. In her finest portraits, background details become the chief witnesses, revealing more about the subject’s way of life and character,” the museum writes.

Leibovitz is involved with the world of the society page and has herself repeatedly become its focus. The circumstances of her private and professional life, successes and failures in her work have been explored time and again by the tabloid press. The exhibition project “A Photographer’s Life” that was shown in the Hermitage in 2011 was devoted to the uneasy interweaving of public and private spheres, work and personal life. It was based on Leibovitz’s own domestic archive: shots of family and friends mixed in with commissioned portraits.

In the frank photographic memoirs shown in the 2011 exhibition, images were drawn from different spheres of the artist’s career. The works came together to form a contradictory whole, united only by Leibovitz’s professional camerawork.The photographer donated nine of her works to the museum to commemorate that eventful exhibition, which now is shown at the Hermitage.

The exhibition is curated by Darya Panayotti, a member of the State Hermitage’s Department of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition is on view through January 21, 2019, at The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Square, 2, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 190000.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.                            

Founder: Louise Blouin


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