New Annie Leibovitz photo exhibition coming to Hong Kong

'Women', an update on a project the celebrated photographer began with author Susan Sontag 15 years ago, will feature new portraits of women from various walks of life

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 August, 2015, 4:16pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 August, 2015, 4:16pm

An exhibition of photographs by Annie Leibovitz - featuring women from various walks of life - will be held in Hong Kong next year.

The show, entiled “Women”, is being organised by financial services company UBS and will launch in London in January. The photographs will be shown in Hong Kong in mid-2016 at a venue yet to be announced. The show will also take in Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, New York and Mexico City.

While the number of portraits to be shown has not been finalised, UBS group chief marketing officer Johan Jervoe said the selection “will be a significant body of new work”.

Asked whose portraits would feature, Jervoe said yesterday: “We do expect a broad range of women from diverse industries to be featured.” More details will be announced later this year.

The exhibition is a continuation of a project Leibovitz and author Susan Sontag started more than 15 years ago, which resulted in a book of portraits called Women. Its publication was accompanied by an exhibition in Washington. The new portraits promise to reflect changes in the roles of women today.

Leibovitz – whose works have graced covers of Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, and music albums – is best known for her celebrity portraits. Her subjects have included A-list Hollywood actors and actresses, artists, pop and rock singers, politicians and sports personalities. Her photographs have been shown around the world, at venues including the International Centre of Photography in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. The photographer has also staged solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, notably at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Central in 2012.

After next year's tour, portraits in the exhibition will be added to the UBS Art Collection, which compromises more than 35,000 works of contemporary art. 

Jervoe said UBS wanted the free exhibition to reach as many people as possible. “We're also creating a series of educational programmes in partnership with local cultural institutions in each of the communities where we're exhibiting,” he said. “This is an innovative programme and we hope it will inspire a new generation of art enthusiasts.”