On Wednesday in London’s Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz launched the latest installment in a series begun over 15 years ago aimed at capturing women from all walks of life in photographs. Her new exhibition, “WOMEN: New Portraits,” features portraits of celebrities that include Amy Schumer, Adele, and Gloria Steinem, as well as less celebrated women of different ages and backgrounds.
Leibovitz, who initially became famous for being the last person to professionally photograph John Lennon, just hours before he was shot, is acclaimed for a long career including work with Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair — and was the photographer for Vanity Fair’s Caitlyn Jenner cover. Leibovitz’s first installment in the series, “Women,” was published in 1999 featuring the First Lady as well as Las Vegas showgirls.
Leibovitz plans to carry on the series for at least another year, with subjects such as activist Malala Yousafzai and artist Marina Abramovic still to be photographed.
Perhaps the best description of Leibovitz’s work can be found in Steinem’s introduction for the exhibition: “She looks beyond gender, beyond stereotypes, beyond masks of the day to show us that everything alive is both universal and unique. Including me, including you.”
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