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Annie Leibovitz

May 10 – June 17, 2012

Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, New York City, 1976, archival pigment print, 40 x 60 inches
Annie Leibovitz, Steve Martin, Beverly Hills, California, 1981, archival pigment print, 40 x 40 inches
Annie Leibovitz, David Byrne, Los Angeles, 1986, archival pigment print, 40 x 60 inches
Annie Leibovitz, Patti Smith, New Orleans, 1978, archival pigment print, 40 x 60 inches

Press Release

Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to announce an unprecedented exhibition of portraits by Annie Leibovitz. Her debut solo show in Hong Kong features iconic artworks from her forty-year career.

The exhibition revolves around the theme of power in public and private spheres. Leibovitz’s celebrated subjects assume gestures and poses that expose a very private side of their personalities. Included in this show are portraits of Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Steve Martin, Nicole Kidman, Philip Glass, and Angelina Jolie, among other notable figures.

Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1983, she joined the staff of Vanity Fair magazine, where she developed a large body of work—portraits of actors, directors, writers, musicians, athletes, and political and business figures—that expanded her collective portrait of contemporary life.

Leibovitz is the recipient of many honors, including the International Center of Photography’s Lifetime Achievement Award, The American Society of Magazine Editors’ first Creative Excellence Award, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London. In 2006, she was decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the U.S. Library of Congress. She lives in New York.

Exhibitions of Leibovitz’s work have been held at museums and galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; the National Portrait Gallery in London; the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

Several collections of Leibovitz’s work have been published. They include Annie Leibovitz: Photographs (1983); Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970–1990 (1991); Olympic Portraits (1996); Women (1999), in collaboration with Susan Sontag; American Music (2003); A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 (2006); Annie Leibovitz at Work (2008), a first-person commentary on her career; and Pilgrimage (2011).

A catalogue with an essay by Dr. Marius Kwint, a senior lecturer in visual culture at the University of Portsmouth and former lecturer at the University of Oxford, accompanies this exhibition.

Sunday Morning Post
Sunday Morning Post
Many Snappy Returns APRIL 2012

Mention the name Annie Leibovitz, and some iconic images of 20th-century pop culture immediately spring to mind.