Signature Leibovitz

Pop photographer Annie Leibovitz's body of work is a dazzling oeuvre

Published Thu, Apr 17, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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YOU have probably seen her photographic work grace the covers of top fashion magazines. But to renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, these pictures of world-famous celebrities just make up one side of her life - the "assignments". The other side, is the "personal".

Both are on display at her exhibition, Annie Leibovitz A Photographer's Life 1990-2005, which opens at the ArtScience Museum today, and she insists they form her life as a whole. As she put it in her foreword: "I don't have two lives. This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it."

Almost 200 of Leibovitz's pictures taken over a 15-year period are on show. Colourful magazine covers side by side with black-and-white family holiday photos. In that decade and a half, she has also lived through some major events in her life; such as the death of her father and of her long-time companion Susan Sontag. But in the same period, her three daughters - Sarah, Susan and Samuelle - were also born.

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