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Annie Leibovitz. A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005

Monday, 27th October, 2008

I went last week to the National Portrait Gallery to see Annie Leibovitz’s exhibition. It includes over 150 photographs (taken from 1990 to 2005). The exhibition threads the two sides of Leibovitz’s work chronologically and creatively, the artist’s private life and the backdrop of her public image as one of the world’s best-known portrait photographers.

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What I really enjoyed at the exhibition was I did not only features her assignment work, but her personal photography. As she said: “I don’t have two lives. This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.”

I spent almost an hour at looking Leibovitz’s personal photography documents scenes from her life, including the birth and childhood of her three daughters, vacations, reunions, and rites of passage with her parents and extended family.

I strongly recommend it.

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