Today was the day to go to the long awaited “Women: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz” – and I was not disappointed. Though “small” in terms of space or arrangement of works, the exposition is hosted in an old hydraulic station in Wapping, built in 1890, Wapping Hydraulic Station, typical region of the Wharfs (on the banks of the Thames river) in London, brick walls and old antique tiles, with a high ceiling, this location as background for the emblematic, strong and delicate photos by Annie, makes the exposition feel even more interesting.
In the main room of the exposition are three large screens, two of them showing a series of photos of the many women photographed by her, and one with the photo of Queen Elizabeth taken by Annie at Buckingham Palace. There is also a panel with printed pictures.
In a reserved room there is a big table with books from Annie for everyone to browse.
This exposition “Women: New Portraits” is part of a project that Annie started 15 years ago. During this period she made photographs reflecting the latest changes in women’s roles, all with women that achieved greatness in many areas such as art, music, CEOs, politics, writers and philanthropists. This exposition walks side by side with current debates and struggles lead by women to achieve their equality.
Annie Leibovitz has been creating her work and art since the beginning of the 70s, when she worked as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine and in the 80s she began expanding her work to Vanity Fair and Vogue. She has been awarded for publicity campaigns, received honours and was elected a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
The exposition is open until 7 February, and whoever lives and London or is just passing by, it is worth the visit. It is free to enter.
Monday-Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Wapping Hydraulic Power Station,
London E1W 3SL