The LUMA Foundation a Zurich-based not for profit organisation have announced that they will be the keepers of the archives of the renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. The organisation unveiled in a press release that it is planning a number of major projects dedicated to the artist, the first being “Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years,” an exhibition that will be on view between May 27 and September 24 at the foundation’s Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France. The show will look at Leibovitz’s early career, from 1968 to 1982, and will include early portraits she did as a Rolling Stone photographer.
Annie Leibovitz born 2nd October 1949, Waterbury, Connecticut. Studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, while taking night classes in photography. In 1970 she began doing work for Rolling Stone magazine, becoming Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973. When she left the magazine, 10 years later, she had shot 142 covers. In 1983, she joined the staff at Vanity Fair, and in 1998 she also began working regularly for Vogue. In addition to her magazine editorial work, Leibovitz has created several award-winning advertising campaigns. She has also collaborated with many arts organisations, including American Ballet Theatre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Her books include Annie Leibovitz: Photographs (1983), Photographs: Annie Leibovitz 1970–1990 (1991), Olympic Portraits (1996), Women (1999), American Music (2003), A Photographer’s Life: 1990–2005 (2006), Annie Leibovitz at Work (2008), Pilgrimage (2011), and Annie Leibovitz, a limited-edition, over-sized volume published by Taschen in 2014.
Exhibitions of her photographs have appeared in museums and galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; the National Portrait Gallery in London; and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and is the recipient of many other honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography, the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London, and the Wexner Prize. She has been decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Leibovitz lives in New York with her three children, Sarah, Susan, and Samuelle.
The LUMA Foundation was established in 2004 in Switzerland to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art, photography, publishing, documentary, and multimedia. The foundation produces and commissions challenging artistic projects combine a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.
Cover photo: © Annie Leibovitz, Self-portrait