LEBOVITZ’S LADIES: Annie Leibovitz plans to mount an exhibition at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London on Jan. 16.
In association with UBS, “Women: New Portraits” is an extended project that began with the book that Leibovitz published with Susan Sontag in 2000, and will focus on the continually changing role of women in the world. The exhibit will include nearly 400 works from the original book as well as new photos taken since, including images of Gloria Steinem, Caitlyn Jenner, Serena and Venus Williams, Patti Smith and Ellen DeGeneres.
“It was an unending project, obviously,” said Leibovitz at a press event held at Somerset House on Wednesday. “Because there isn’t an end to it. It just goes on and on. I just really wanted to update with people I really admire.”
Leibovitz said she wanted to continue to touch on some of the women’s issues that she’d explored in the first book, especially domestic abuse and sex trafficking.
She talked about her experience of shooting Jenner for the July cover of “Vanity Fair.” “She has a long way to go,” the photographer said. “This is just the beginning and it was important to launch her as well as we could. The whole effort was to make her feel as comfortable as possible with who she is. It was sort of creating another person. It’s, like, who is this new person? We, as women, we need each other and we need men. But it is kind of interesting to realize that gender is very diversified. And isn’t that really [the world] we’re living in now? That you can’t just put [people] into male or female [roles], there’s more to it than that.”
The free exhibition will be displayed in 10 cities over the course of the year, including Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Tokyo and Zurich.