Leibovitz's Pilgrimage Coming to NYC, D.C.

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Leibovitz's Pilgrimage Coming to NYC, D.C.

Photographs from Annie Leibovitz’s most recent collected publication, Pilgrimage, will be briefly exhibited at New York’s Pace Gallery, 545 W 22nd St, from 1-3 December, and for a longer duration at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C. from 20 January to 20 May, 2012.

Known for her photographic portraits, Leibovitz’s Pilgrimage, while it features no people, does indeed consists of portraits—of spaces, places, landscapes, and objects, all assiduously framed by her lens.

According to a recent interview with the New York Times, this project had been in the works for quite some time: “Before her partner, Susan Sontag, died, she and Ms. Leibovitz had planned to do a book of places they cared about. They made all kinds of lists of where they wanted to go. Years later, Ms. Leibovitz realized that she still wanted to do that book, with her own list.”

So, she travelled with her camera to Virginia Woolf’s house, to Dr. Freud’s, and to Georgia O’Keefe’s—all in an attempt to capture pieces of these people, to connect with these figures through the affective resonances of objects past, all the while learning how to recalibrate her own photographic method: 

I had to learn to photograph objects…. We don’t know Thoreau, do we? We have only his work, and his things. When I first saw the cane bed he slept on, I was so overwhelmed, I didn’t know how to deal with it…. I have a bit of a feeling that I’ve had it with people. But you don’t ever get away from people, really. And these are pictures of people to me. It’s all we have left to represent them. I’m dealing with things that are going away, disappearing, crumbling. How do we hold on to stuff?

Pilgrimage is an attempt—a successful one, at that—to document this “stuff.”

See it while you can in NYC and, later in the new year, in D.C.

(Virginia Woolf's bedroom in her country home, nearby Charleston, England)

 

(Sigmund Freud's couch in his study in London.)

 

(A door at the home of Georgia O'Keefe in Abiquiu, N.M.)

 

(A red hill nearby O'Keefe's home.)



Comments [6]

Jess Glenny's picture

Or at least

you ladies go and report back!

 

Marcie Bianco's picture

imma do a search later online

imma do a search later online for more info...otherwise, all these images are in *Pilgrimage* itself, nb

Jess Glenny's picture

Bring it to

London!

Grace Moon's picture

these images are mesmerizing.

these images are mesmerizing.

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Marcie Bianco's picture

i would like to go....

i would like to go....

Grace Moon's picture

lez go! I'm sure Patricia

lez go! I'm sure Patricia will want in on this action.

 

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