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Annie Leibovitz opens Fotografiska in Stockholm May 21

Fotografiska, Sweden's new meeting point for contemporary photography, announced today that Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer?s Life 1990-2005 will be the main exhibition opening the museum on May 21st.

With 194 photographs, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer?s Life 1990-2005 comprises iconic images of famous public figures together with personal photographs of her family and close friends. Arranged chronologically, they project a unified narrative of the artist?s private life against the backdrop of her public image.

The exhibition, which is organized by the Brooklyn Museum, New York, will be showcased on the entire second floor at the new Fotografiska in Stora Tullhuset in Stadsgården.

"We are very proud and thankful to be able to present Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990-2005 as the opening exhibition of Fotografiska. We are here to show the best contemporary photography there is, which we mark by showing Annie?s fantastic work and engaging exhibition," says Jan Broman, founder of Fotografiska.

The exhibition:

Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990 - 2005 offers an unusual glimpse of the oeuvre of one of the most famous portrait photographers of our time. In addition to her portraits of famous personages, which have long since become icons of photographic art, the 194 works on display include photographs from Leibovitz's private life that have never been exhibited before. The result is a unique chronology, a composite of family album, diary and assignment work.

Portraits of artists and politicians such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, William S. Burroughs, Demi Moore, Bill Clinton, Agnes Martin, Mick Jagger, Matthew Barney, Chuck Close, Robert de Niro and Scarlett Johansson form one core of the exhibition. Scenes from the photographer's private life with family and friends including the births of her three daughters, and the illness and death of Leibovitz's father - are juxtaposed with landscape photography from the USA or Jordan, for example, and reportage such as the one Leibovitz did on the siege of Sarajevo.

Annie Leibovitz?s photographs have chronicled American popular culture since the 1970s. The photographer sees her work, which has been displayed in numerous museums throughout the world, as a unified whole: "I don't have two lives," Leibovitz says. This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it."

Another two extraordinary photographers, Vee Speers and Joel Peter Witkin,will also exhibit at Fotografiska when it opens.

 

Photo:  Nicole Kidman, New York, 2003 chromogenic print
Photograph © Annie Leibovitz

From Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer?s Life, 1990 – 2005
Courtesy of Vogue