You guys know how much I love my photography so when Jess directed me to an exhibition of Annie Leibowitz's work in a power station? I had to go! Annie's work is so recognisable - you have most likely seen it in Vanity Fair or the Disney Dream Portraits series she did with many famous faces. Unfortunately, Jess couldn't go but I had to visit London for something, and decided to make a pit stop at the exhibition before it moves onto it's next stop. Apart from the majorly sweating in places I didn't even know you could sweat... (seriously, that place is damn warm!) I'm glad I went. Mainly because I came away feeling inspired and empowered, which for when I go to something whether it's a trip to the cinema or an event of some kind, is a rare thing.
Leibovitz created this exhibition with UBS, who are touring it in 10 cities around the world, London being the first. She started this project around 15 years ago, focusing on women - and sure, I adore the way her images are lit and how she captures the subjects, but there was something empowering seeing images of so many different women from different walks of life, and being confident in it.
This image of the Richardsons and Redgraves made me a little emotional when I remembered Natasha Richardson is no longer with us. But it's a stunning image, bringing numerous generations of a family together.
Some of my other favourite images were of Cate Blanchett, and also the Rolling Stone cover with Meryl Streep on. So annoyed that my phone decided to just...freeze completely when I wanted to snap a picture of the Cate Blanchett shot. Yes, it was acceptable to take pictures, security told us we were allowed to take pictures on phones, just not on digital cameras. To be truthful, there wasn't an image I didn't dislike, although I wasn't a fan of some of the people in a few of the pictures - namely Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer. But there were so many names from the world of sport, politics, music, film and so many other fields in numerous industries...it was great to see such a variety.
It was kind of surreal to have the exhibition held in a power station - but made for a cool setting I think. It was also really nice to have everyone just in the centre of these pictures, in silence. Sure, a few people were chatting quietly between themselves but it was nice to appreciate the work quietly. There were two images that featured women that were injured, at least I think they were. Assume it was photojournalistic/photo essay-based work of Leibovitz's, but somehow the silence managed to become even more silent when people saw the images and how powerful they were. She has a way of showing the subject in a unique way, and also one that is so obviously hers which I think is great, having a recognisable style.
The exhibition was mainly in one large room, but there was also a separate one behind a screen that had a whole table of photographic books on it, but unfortunately I didn't get the chance to look at them as people were at the table the entire time I was there.
I'm so glad I got the chance to pop along and see the work of a woman whose work has inspired me ever since I picked up Annie Leibovitz at Work, in the library back in 2010, and basically read it in one go. So much so, that when one of the security guards asked me if I enjoyed it as I left...probably ended up talking his ear off with how much I like her work, and how I came to know of it. It also makes me want to sing this - particularly the 'females are strong as hell' line!
Are you a fan of Annie's work?