This fall the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, will be exploring the iconic work of American portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz. Not just a photographer, Leibovitz is considered an icon maker, understanding the public’s insatiable celebrity fever and feeding that hunger with unexpected, storytelling portraits. Her collection of photography includes some of the most publicly recognized portraits of the past four decades and includes everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Richard Nixon to Scarlett Johansson.
Leibovitz began her career as a photographer at Rolling Stone in 1970 while still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Not long after, Leibovitz was promoted to the position of chief photographer, a post that she held until 1983. During her time at Rolling Stone, Leibovitz helped to shape the image of the popular magazine with intimate photographs of notable musicians like Mick Jagger and John Lennon. In fact, Leibovitz was the last person to professionally photograph John Lennon before his death in 1980; a mere five hours after the photo shoot, which included wife Yoko Ono, Lennon was shot and killed in front of his apartment building.
Ten years after beginning her career, Leibovitz had shot 142 covers for Rolling Stone. In the mid 1980s, Leibovitz moved from Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair, taking with her a bold new style of lighting and acrobatic postures that allowed her to document the celebrity spectacle in an acute and unexpected manner. In 1998, Leibovitz began working for Vogue in addition to her post at Vanity Fair, with some of her notable magazine editorial works including portraits such as that of an exposed 15-year old Miley Cyrus and a nude, pregnant Demi Moore.
In addition to her work at Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, Leibovitz has also worked on advertising campaigns for American Express, the Gap, and the Got Milk? Campaign. Throughout the years, she has also published a handful of books and appeared in a number of museum and gallery exhibitions around the world.
From September 22 to December 30, 2012, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, will showcase a number of images by Annie Leibovitz. The exhibition, which will occupy all of the gallery spaces as well as the lobby, will includes portraits from Leibovitz’s professional career, images of landscapes, objects, and talismans connected to historical figures, and photographs of artists who have appeared at the Wexner over the years. Located roughly three hours from downtown Indianapolis, general admission tickets cost $8. For more information about the exhibit, please visit www.wexarts.org.