The New York Historical Society is currently displaying an exhibit titled Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage, which showcases photographs taken by Leibovitz simply because she was moved by the subject. The exhibit will run until February 24, 2015.
The exhibition, which includes 70 photographs taken between April 2009 and May 2011, was organized for the Smithsonian American Art Museum by guest curator Andy Grundberg, former New York Times photography critic and associate provost and dean of undergraduate studies at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
The Society states that the images speak in a commonplace language to the photographer’s curiosity about the world she inherited, spanning landscapes both dramatic and quiet, interiors of living rooms and bedrooms, and objects that are talismans of past lives.
Curator Marilyn Kushner told the Wall Street Journal that “Pilgrimage” offers, “a sense of [Ms. Leibovitz’s] renewal, of filling herself up again with ideas and images that are important to her.”
Comparing her photography to what happens when there is an emergency on an airplane, Leibovitz told The Daily Beast, “It’s not unusual for me to turn to my work in times of trouble. They tell you [on a plane] to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you take care of your kid. My greatest relationship has been my work, and this was my way of taking care of [myself].”
Leibovitz also photographed the picture of the title character for Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming version of Cinderella. The pic reflects the artist’s flare for the dramatic.