26. Annie Leibovitz*
John Muir Botanical Specimen, John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, California, 2011
Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer. She is best known for her engaging portraits—particularly of celebrities—which often feature subjects in intimate settings and poses.
This image was part of her traveling exhibition “Pilgrimage”, an exhibition that surprised devout fans of Leibovitz because it lacked people. Instead, it was a collection of stills and American locations. This work is personal and reflective. With her partner of 15 years, Susan Sontag, Leibovitz had compiled a list of places they wanted to see before Sontag lost her battle with cancer. Upon Sontag’s death in 2004, a pilgrimage seemed appropriate, and Leibovitz sought to fulfill the couple’s dream. Equipped with her digital camera and accompanied by her three daughters, Leibovitz traveled from the Concord Museum in Massachusetts that housed Ralph Waldo Emerson’s bed to the John Muir National Historic Site in California for to view Muir’s botanical specimens.
~ Su, Brenda. “San Jose exhibit shows intimate, timeless Annie Leibovitz collection.” mercurynews.com, The Mercury News June 29, 2013 at 8:13 am | UPDATED: August 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm. https://www.mercurynews.com/2013/06/29/san-jose-exhibit-shows-intimate-timeless-annie-leibovitz-collection/