Seeing Annie Liebovitz’s Pilgrimage at the San Jose Museum of Art

Annie Liebovitz Pilgrimage - San Jose Museum of Art

The San Jose Museum of Art in downtown San Jose is currently featuring an exhibition of Annie Liebovitz’s photography titled “Pilgrimage“. I went to see the exhibition last Sunday – my first time actually visiting this beautiful local art museum! – and really enjoyed it. It runs through September 8, 2013 in San Jose.

This exhibition isn’t the photography of people that Liebovitz is famous for – rather, it’s a show that explores those individuals and places that have been somehow special to her in her life. The exhibition of 70 photographs was organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum where it was originally shown in 2012.

I highly recommend this show – a very worthwhile hour of photography of people and their places, clothes, etc. The lighting in all of her images is superb – as you’d expect! A lot to study! I had about a dozen favorites out of this collection. Perhaps the two I enjoyed the most were her Niagara Falls image that’s on her book’s cover – taken from a near perfect angle looking across Horseshoe Falls and shot up close – and one of Pete Seeger’s workshop – chock full of tools, trinkets, and other fascinating details that kept me absorbed for a long time!

A beautiful book – Pilgrimage – is also available which includes a lot of discussion by Liebovitz about why she chose the subjects in this exhibition – including Elvis Presley, Annie Oakley, Pete Seeger, Ansel Adams, Niagara Falls, Walden Pond and many more.

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