PHOTOGRAPHY; PILGRIMAGE, ANNE LEIBOVITZ'S ARTISTIC RENEWAL

by Miryam Muller in


Living ledgend and photographer Annie Leibovitz has made a career out of capturing people, often celebrities from John Lennon curled around Yoko Ono to staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines like Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. But now her latest collection charts a new course, in Pilgrimage Leibovitz focuses her lens on places and objects that have special meaning for her, a feature about thoughtful meditation on how she can sustain her creativity in the face of adversity and make the most of her remaining time on earth.

Pilgrimage took Leibovitz to places that she could explore without an agenda. She wasn’t on assignment this time and she chose the subjects simply because she was moved by the them.

Photographs from Pilgrimage will be exhibited at New York’s Pace Gallery, 545 West 22nd Street, from December 1 to 3, and will then be at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, from January 20 to May 20, 2012. Following its presentation in Washington, D.C., Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage will tour nationally.

*Sigmund Freud's couch in his study at 20 Maresfield Gardens in London

*Old props from Martha Graham's studio, are storied in a warehouse in Yonkers. The iron gates to the old studio lean against a back wall.

*Niagara Falls

*Emily Dickinson's only surviving dress

*Virginia Woolf’s bedroom in her country home, which is a few miles from Charleston, England

*Ansel Adams moved to a house near the ocean in Carmel, California, in 1962. He worked in his state-of-the-art darkroom there during the last years of his life. The walls were painted black.