Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage charts a new direction for one of America’s best-known living photographers. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits, often made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. The images speak in a commonplace language to the photographer’s curiosity about the world, addressing identity through landscapes both dramatic and quiet, unoccupied living rooms and bedrooms, and objects that are talismans of past lives.
The pictures are, in a certain sense, portraits of subjects that have shaped Leibovitz’s distinct view of American culture. Visiting the homes of iconic figures including Thomas Jefferson, Emily Dickinson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pete Seeger, and Elvis Presley, as well asplaces such as Niagara Falls, Walden Pond, Old Faithful, and the Yosemite Valley, she let her instincts and intuitions guide her to related subjects—hence the title Pilgrimage. Some of the pictures focus on the remaining traces of photographers and artists she admires, such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Ansel Adams, and Robert Smithson. The pictures show Leibovitz at the height of her powers, unfettered by commercial demands.
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