|Steve Martin, Beverly Hills, California (1981)|
Lauren Hutton smiles at the camera, revealing her body that is covered in mud.
David Bryne makes an eco fashion statement wearing a jacket made of leaves and trousers that look like wood.
Angelina Jolie is naked in a bath showing off the tattoos on her back and looking at the viewer with her sultry pout.
These are only a tiny fraction of the millions of photographs Annie Leibovitz has taken over her 40-year career and now we in Hong Kong finally get to see them for the first time at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery on Hollywood Road.
|Nicole Kidman, New York (2003)|
But nearby is another portrait taken in 2003, with Kidman extremely polished and glamorous in a beaded full-length gown that flares out with a large train. She is poised and elegant, sure of herself and very blond.
Leibovitz is our generation's photographer, capturing pop icons and celebrities of our time in interesting poses and situations that enhance their personality. Her portraits are extremely accessible and in many cases groundbreaking such as her Vanity Fair cover of a pregnant Demi Moore posing nude, or Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub filled with milk.
One would think after many decades of hard work she would be slowing down, but she has three young children, including seven-year-old twins. Leibovitz's private life also included a relationship with Susan Sontag that started in the 1980s until the latter's death in 2004.
However Leibovitz made headlines in February 2009 when she revealed she needed to borrow $15.5 million and for collateral put up several houses including rights to all her photographs. At the time The New York Times noted, "One of the world's most successful photographers essentially pawned every snap of the shutter she had made or will make until the loans are paid off."
So basically Leibovitz is still working actively at the age of 62 for financial reasons, but we are glad she is continuing to take photographs for us to enjoy.
May 10-June 17
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
57-59 Hollywood Road