October 15, 2001
Going Out: Photos captivate in SAM's exhibition
by Deborah Stone
An exhibition of works entitled "Women," by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz recently opened at Seattle Art Museum.
Over 70 fascinating and captivating photographs of women from various sectors of society, including athletes, political figures, farmers, popular contemporary figures, scientists and showgirls are on display providing a close and intimate look at the roles women play at the beginning of a new millennium.
Well-known individuals, such as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jerry Hall are featured in addition to portraits of "ordinary" woman, such as Susan McNamara, a Las Vegas showgirl, and California farmer, Trini Campbell, with her daughter Cassidy.
The exhibition is a moving tribute to females from all walks of life ‹ its impetus, according to Leibovitz, to show how women look and what they do.
Leibovitz is one of the most admired photographers around the world, as she brings a unique and often witty perspective to her images of celebrated subjects. She becomes involved with her subjects, bringing her own point of view into the work, as opposed to trying to be completely objective about it.
Her first job was an assignment for Rolling Stone magazine to do a photo shoot with Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick, the first of many celebrities she would work with over the coming years.
Later, she became the chief photographer for Rolling Stone, documenting such individuals as John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones on concert tour.
She has had several solo shows of her work over the years and has won many awards and distinctions, including Photographer of the Year, the International Center for Photography's Infinity Award, a Clio Award and the Campaign of the Decade Award from Advertising Age magazine for the influential "Portraits" advertising campaign for American Express in 1987. She has also been the creative force behind campaigns for The Gap and the Dairy Farmers of America.
The show runs through Jan. 6, 2002. For more information, call (206) 654-3100.