Louisiana Museum of Modern Art will be presenting one of the leading modern photographers for the first time in Denmark, in an exhibition entitled Annie Leibovitz Photographs 1970-1997, running from 27 July - 26 November 2000. Annie Leibovitzs pictures of celebrities have become modern icons, from her portrait of the fully-clothed Yoko Ono hugged by the nude John Lennon - taken a few hours before he was murdered - to such magnificently staged photos as the Blues Brothers in blue-face and the Isabella Rosselini and David Lynch couple. Film actors and actresses, singers, musicians, sports stars and politicians all are united in Annie Leibovitzs magic mirror, forming a portrait of American popular culture of the last quarter century.
Annie Leibovitz, born in 1949, had her breakthrough in the Rolling Stone magazine with her mainly black-and-white reportage of all the greatest rock stars of the 1970s. In 1983 she founded her own studio in New York and became contributing photographer to Life, Vogue, Esquire, Time Magazine and Newsweek.
Today Annie Leibovitz is the chief photographer for Vanity Fair. In her work for this magazine she has developed a more colour-saturated and glamorous style. Her cover shots have often indicated new directions, as when she portrayed the undressed, highly pregnant Demi Moore and depicted the First Lady, Hillary Clinton, as a queen at the height of the Monica Lewinsky affair. In recent years Annie Leibovitz has shown a growing social commitment. With her close friend Susan Sontag, she travelled to Sarajevo while the city was harrowed by war, and to Rwanda. In the late 90s, she photographed abused women in the USA.
The portraits shown at this exhibition include: Muhammad Ali, The Blues Brothers (Dan Akroyd and John Belushi), Truman Capote, Sammy Davis, Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster, Keith Harring, Dennis Hopper, Lauren Hutton, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Bette Middler, Demi Moore, Martina Navratilova, Pelé, Brad Pitt, The Rolling Stones, Isabella Rosselini, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patti Smith, Susan Sontag, Bruce Springsteen and Andy Warhol.
The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Annie Leibovitz and the International Center of Photography, New York.