WOMEN: NEW PORTRAITS BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

2 Feb 2016 Wapping, London

annie leibovitz exhibition in london

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.

the redgrave women photographed by annie leibovitz

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?

22 comments

  1. I am kicking myself I completely forgot to pop along to this exhibition, I would have loved to have seen Annie's work.


    Emma Inks

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  2. Oh wow, this is so inspiring.
    Your photographs are wonderful!
    Minaali
    The Snap Narrative

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  3. Beautiful photographs!!

    www.brooklynglam.com

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  4. photography is definitely a passion of mine, I would've loved to go to that exhibition

    Hannah at WRITTEN BY HANNAH

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  5. The exhibition sounds amazing! I have got until this Sunday to see it, hopefully I can find some time this week to swing by. Thanks for sharing!

    Katrina Sophia

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  6. Annie Leibovitz is such an iconic photographer, so jealous that you got to attend this exhibition! It looks absolutely lovely. I think it is also actually kind of great that you ended up having to go by yourself, as I personally love going to art galleries and exhibitions alone as much as I do with others as it kind of allows you to experience the art in an even deeper way. I also had to laugh at your comment about the heat, as it's the exact opposite in Berlin. Every place is always freezing!

    Glad to have come across your blog, it's lovely.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  7. Sounds like such an amazing exhibition and I absolutely love your photos!

    Laura
    http://justblueflint.com

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  8. Her work looks amazing, it's cool that the exhibition was held in a power station - it's a bit different. Glad you came away feeling really positive!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  9. I'm not sure how I feel about her work in general (unpopular opinion here as usual l o l) but the aspect/role of being a photographer as a woman is empowering. I guess a lot of my opinions had formed when I read this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/fashion/02annie.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 I mean - it's unrelated to the entire premise of women portraiture but it kind of just eludes the fact that you don't need all that furnishings when it comes to what I consider a *good* picture??? I mean, I know her photos are supposed to look natural and en-scene but... ah well. BUT ANYWAYS - I totally didn't know it was a free exhibition - and I really like how it's housed in the power station! Tres cool.

    And why aren't you a fan of Lena Dunham etc.? Just a curious q, as literally so many people talk about them (positively) all the time!

    I also realise this is a very strange comment hahaha but hi! Just came across your blog, think it's s a gem! :)

    Cherie x
    say hi at sinonym

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  10. I wanted to check this out. These photos are just wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  11. This exhibition looks amazing! I hadn't evne heard about it- definitely going to check it out :) Sophie xx
    www.fashionnomads.com

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  12. I ever heard Annie Leibovitz before but not really a fan of her. I love to have a visit to such exhibition. Moreover the exhibition held in a power station, it's cool! It have everyone in the centre, in silence, it was nice to appreciate the work quietly.

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    Dayu | PR.JA

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  13. Amazing post..xo, Neha
    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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  14. This display sounds amazing. I'll be honest and say I had never heard of Annie Leibovitz before, but I really find this work to be quite good. I idolize Cate Blanchett... such talent, class, and grace.

    aroseisinbloom.blogspot.com

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  15. Woah these are breathtaking. How I wish I could've gone D:

    Joyce // Joycentricity

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  16. These are amazing! And you really did the photography justice with your own <3

    GIVEAWAY | BCfactor.blogspot.com

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  17. Amazing, I've watched Estée Lalonde's vlog when she was there as well, that looks great!

    www.elizabethangelia.blogspot.com

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  18. Great post, the exhibition looks amazing!!

    The fashion Road

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  19. This looks like a wonderful exhibition! I do like Annie Leibovitz most of the time but sometimes I feel like the people she's photographing look a little weird in her photos - just like not particularly flattering. Like this one of Jennifer Lawrence, she looks like her head has just been stuck on haha http://media.vanityfair.com/photos/56abc01b66b45b0834cb9164/master/pass/t-vanity-fair-hollywood-portfolio-annie-leibovitz-jane-fonda-viola-davis-jennifer-lawrence-cate-blanchett.png

    x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

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  20. Ohh wow! I love her work, always captures the most beautiful pictures! Would love to go to this! x


    Summer, The Twins Wardrobe

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  21. I like her photography, they come across as strong and real. The power station looks like a great backdrop as well! I feel the same way with Lena and Amy...I'm not really a fan but I am intrigued to read their books, to see if I'll change my mind?!

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Hanh / hanhabelle

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