The first thing that strikes you about the statuesque Annie Leibovitz, is not the heart-stopping reality of coming face-to-face with the living legend, but it’s her ethereal energy that makes one wonder if she is even of this earth.
Such is her presence.
Annie Leibovitz doesn’t walk in her black high-tops. She glides. And gliding across the ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore giving almost 100 journalists a secret glimpse into her exhibition, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005, was a marvelous encounter.
The exhibition encompasses recognizable work which includes celebrity photography with Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Demi Moore, Cindy Sherman & Bill Clinton to name a handful – but it also serves as a wonderful life-book into her personal universe.
Filled with photographs of the late Susan Sontag and Leibovitz’s family and friends, we are given access into a world that features intimate moments of her parents, her children and her early works that include photojournalism classics with Christiane Amanpour on assignment in the early days of her career.
“I don’t have two lives,” Leibovitz says. “This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.”
At the heart of this beautifully chronologically curated exhibition, we see the photographic documentation of scenes from her life and nothing is sacred or restricted.
We are reminded that the work is from an artistic genius that is altogether a sought-after fashion story photographer, a photojournalist, a master of the portrait, a landscape and architecture aficionado and a woman who takes honest pictures of her friends and family.
The exhibition featuring almost 190 photographs by Leibovitz runs from the 18th of April – 19th October 2014 at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore and is a highly recommended go-see by us.