Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years at LUMA Foundation

Annie-Leibovitz, Photographs from Driving' series. © Annie Leibovitz. Image courtesy of Luma Foundation

Photographs from ‘Driving’ series by the famous photographer Annie Leibovitz will be on display at Luma Arles, France as part of Luma Foundation’s Living Archive Program. © Annie Leibovitz


8, 000 photographs by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz set to go on display at Luma Arles, France as part of Luma Foundation’s Living Archive Program.


ARLES, FRANCE — More than eight thousand photographs by Annie Leibovitz will soon go on display at the Luma Foundation Parc des Ateliers outpost in Arles, France. This exhibition is part of the institution’s Archive Project.  Titled Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years, the exhibition includes photographs taken by Annie Leibovitz between 1968 and 1983. They trace her development as a young artist, to her successes in the 1970s as she documented the culture that defined this pivotal era.

Each photograph reveals Annie Leibovitz’s artistic development, influences, and styles. Her early works reflect the influences of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years opens with Leibovitz’s first photographs taken in 1968. The exhibition also includes early portraits she did as a Rolling Stone photographer. The first in a series of shows by the foundation, the exhibition will run from May 27 to September 24.

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Born in 1949, Waterbury, Connecticut, Annie Leibovitz’s career as a photojournalist began in 1970 while still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Although enrolled as a painting major, Leibovitz soon changed her mind. She transitioned into the school’s legendary photography department and within a year began making a mark in her chosen path.

Annie Leibovitz’s early pictures were a series of reportage-like images of Vietnam War protests— published in the Rolling Stone magazine. Since 1970, she has remained one of the top photographers in the world. Her images have appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue and many important magazines.  Her photographs have also been in major exhibitions in galleries and museums across the globe, including National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C; the National Portrait Gallery in London; and the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia.

LUMA Foundation Living Archive Program began about six years ago as a conversation and collaboration with several artists. The program allows for the integration of “diverse forms of art, including photography, design, literature, film, and dance. Luma Foundation notes that the program’s main objective is to “enable discovery, consultation, and research through a series of exhibitions, scholarly projects, and special events.”

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