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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Annie Leibovitz Exhibit

The Annie Leibovitz exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum was very powerful and inspiring. I went this Saturday and the museum was full and while making the line to enter, I heard a lot of people commenting about her and the exhibition. In this exhibition she shows personal photos which include her family, friends and close relatives. Also, there are photos of celebrities and famous people that she uses for her commercial work for some magazines. The exhibition is very entertaining and I like the way it was setup with a projector where they show interviews of famous people talking about her work, some portfolios of some of her photos and the photographs in the walls with description and her thoughts written on the wall about some of the work.

Annie Leibovitz’s photos express a lot of emotions. Most of their works are portraits, even though there are some landscapes too. Many of the photos express the importance of family. She shows that in her personal photos and the commercial ones too. The first photo I saw was one with Donald Trump in an exotic car and his pregnant wife in the middle of the stairs of their private jet. By looking this first picture I knew that her work was exceptional and that she had a very productive and respectful career, I just wanted to see the rest of the photos. In her personal photos she shows photos of her daughters and other close relatives. At the beginning I did not understand why the decision to put both her personal work and commercial ones like Demi Moore pregnant, Jim Carey, Jamie Foxx and others, but I read in one of her words written of the wall that she consider her commercial work and his personal work as just one life. I believe that is why she decided to put both sides in her exhibition. That shows the passion for this art. She wants to express that the same way she can take photos for commercial purposes and show a variety of emotions, she can do that with her personal life too, and she wants to show her spirit to the public through these photos.

The exhibition is very rich. The people that appear in those photos make her work more important and raise her trajectory a lot more. But more important is her talent and the quality of her work. For example, there is one that I stopped and contemplate for a few minutes and that was the President of the United States George W. Bush and his cabinet. First of all, it is not usual to see a photo of the five or six people that are in charge of the destiny of the United States, together and in a very close and unusual scene. I like the composition and the soft lighting in the scene.

One of the things that impressed me the most was that she took all these photos in a close and personal atmosphere. I believe that besides being just a professional photographer, she also gets involved in the life of those celebrities at the time of taking the photos and that allows them to trust her work. I believe that the audience for this exhibit is everybody. In conclusion, I like her work and I would like to see her work after 2006 in another exhibit. I enjoyed the trip to the Brooklyn Museum.

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