Sontag’s Photographic Love

Posted: March 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

In the 1970s, Annie Leibovitz captured images ranging from Patti Smith singing to Richard Nixon resigning.

Now, more than 4,000 of her photographs from her early years fill an exhibition at the Hauserwirth gallery in LosAngeles. Annie described the show as “the story of a young girl photographer going out and learning how to become a photographer.”

After seeing an exhibition of Annie’s early work in Arles, France, in 2017, Marc Payot, the gallery’s partner and vice president, said he wanted to bring that show to the U.S., where Annie deserved to be contextualized “with the greats of the century — painters, sculptors.”

“There is rarely somebody who has captured America like her,” he said. Annie, who worked for Rolling Stone magazine and Vanity Fair, said she was well aware that magazine photographers have historically not been respected as artists, but that “I have always thought of my work as art.”

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