Photo of the week
This past weekend we had a chance to go see the Annie Leibovitz exhibit in Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This photography exhibit has been touring around the world and shows work created between 1990 and 2005. The exhibit consisted of both project work and personal photographs that showed the photographer’s family life. It was interesting to see the varied range of work from small candid shots of family to wall sized landscape photographs in black and white. It took us about two hours to work our way through the entire exhibit, admittedly I did take a long time looking at several of the photographs trying to figure out how the subjects were lit.
I also found it interesting how photographs were selected for the show, and how they were laid out as a part of the selection process by the photographer. the following photo shows a timeline of some of the images selected for the show.
I would recommend the exhibit to anyone who is interested in this iconic photographer who has had so much success accessing and photographing the big names in politics and Hollywood. The work really is more than just that though, and really engaged me in viewing a family through life’s ups and downs. For more information to see the show at the MCA in Sydney follow the link: MCA website through March 2011. It was well worth the time.
On a side note we also had an opportunity to see Afghanistan: The Perils of Freedom 1993-2009, which depicted images produced by Stephen Dupont on his film Leica during his visits to Afghanistan. His images are very interesting especially when paired with some of the excerpts from his diary. An interesting part of the exhibit involved US Marines writing their reasons for joining the Marine Corps next to their portrait. The exhibit included a very moving and graphic set of images depicting the beauty of the people and landscape, contrasted with the horrors of violence perpetrated by both sides of the conflict. The exhibit just finished at the Australian Centre for Photography, but if it is shown again I would recommend it for it’s excellent photo-journalistic and creative work.