“Women: New Portraits,” an Annie Leibovitz exhibition of newly commissioned photographs, opens in London Saturday at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. It will travel to The Presidio in San Francisco on March 25 and also make stops this year at Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.
Leibovitz’s new work is a continuation of a project that started more than 15 years ago when her series of photographs, “Women,” was published in 1999 in collaboration with Susan Sontag.
The new portraits, which were revealed in London today, feature women of outstanding achievement, including artists, musicians, chief executive officers, politicians, writers and philanthropists. In addition to the new photos, the exhibition includes work from the original series, as well as other unpublished photographs taken since.
Some notable faces in the exhibition are Grammy-award winning singer Adele; American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland; Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner; actress and comedian Amy Schumer alongside her sister, writer and producer Kim Caramele; writer and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem; American restaurateur Alice Waters, with her daughter and writer Fanny Winger; chief operating officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg; U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren; Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and artist Cindy Sherman.
UBS commissioned the exhibition and the series of new photographs will enter the UBS Art Collection, which comprises more than 30,000 works, at the conclusion of the exhibition. UBS will also present a lecture series, “Women for Women,” that kicks off in San Francisco and will continue alongside the exhibition through the year. It will address topics of global relevance to women and women’s rights.