Preview: Pilgrimage – Photographs by Annie Leibovitz | THE magazine - February 6, 2013

"...a meditation on photography's role in recording history and Leibovitz's personal artistic heritage..."

Annie Leibovitz’s photo spreads for Rolling Stone, Vogue and Vanity Fair have redefined the American portrait—without her, we never would have seen Demi Moore in all her naked, pregnant glory, or John Lennon and Yoko Ono in an intimate embrace hours before Lennon’s death. But in recent years, Leibovitz has turned her lens away from starlets and statesmen and focused her camera on a subtler portrait of fame. Between 2009 and 2011, she journeyed across the U.S, photographing the homes, landscapes, and objects that surrounded great Americans—most of whom were dead before Leibovitz first held a camera.  

Among other locations, she visited Emily Dickinson’s home, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond, Ansel Adams’ trails in Yosemite Valley, and the roads that took Georgia O’Keeffe home to Ghost Ranch. The resulting collection, entitled "Pilgrimage," is a meditation on photography’s role in recording history and Leibovitz’s personal artistic heritage—“It taught me to see again,” she has said of this project. "Pilgrimage" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and is accompanied by a book of the same title. Leibovitz will be in Santa Fe to discuss this body of work on Tuesday, February 12, 6 pm at the Lensic Center for the Performing Arts.

Annie Leibovitz, Sigmund Freud’s couch, Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, 2009

Opening reception: Friday, February 15, 6 pm. Open from February 15 through May 5 at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.