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Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of work by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz, entitled Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005, will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from October 16, 2008 to January 25, 2009.

The exhibition will feature over 150 of Leibovitz’ photographs encompassing well-known work made on editorial assignment, as well as personal photographs of her family and close friends, including the birth and childhood of her three daughters and the death of her father.

Alongside these will be many of her best known portraits of public figures, including actors such as Jamie Foxx, Nicole Kidman, and Brad Pitt; athletes preparing for the 1996 Olympic Games; George W. Bush with members of his Cabinet at the White House; and her famous 1991 image of then-pregnant actress Demi Moore, one of the most recognizable photographs of its time. The show will also highlight images of artists and architects such as Richard Avedon, Brice Marden, Philip Johnson and Cindy Sherman.

Leibovitz’s assignment work will include reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s, the election of Hillary Clinton to the U.S. Senate, and the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 threads together the two sides of Leibovitz’ work, both chronologically and creatively, projecting a narrative of the artist’s private life against the backdrop of her public image as one of America’s best-known portrait photographers.

Tickets are available now and advance booking is highly recommended.

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