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Annie Leibovitz’s Pilgrimage

Famed portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz has a new book and a traveling exhibit — this time without people in the photos.


Annie Leibovitz is probably the best known portrait photographer in the United States. Her photos of celebrities for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair are often celebrated as “iconic.” Like this one, for example:

Meryl Streep, 1981Meryl Streep, 1981

Now Leibovitz has a new book of photos called Pilgrimage. Her new direction? No photos of human beings at all. Some landscapes. And photos of important junk from history.

Junk like Sigmund Freud‘s couch and Virginia Woolf‘s desk, or a poem by Robert Frost and a hat from Abraham Lincoln.

Pastels from Georgia O’Keeffe:

And a 1957 Harley owned by Elvis Presley:

Several of the photos make up a traveling exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian, so you may actually get a chance to see Leibovitz’s photos.

She needs the money, sounds like. A couple of years ago she had to file bankruptcy, and she was making headlines because of a mountain of debt. With the new show and exhibit she can maybe make some scratch, like she did with the Kardashian photos for Sears last year.

As a side note: Annie Leibovitz has a famous intern, Mary-Kate Olsen of the Olsen twins.

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