Annie Leibovitz. Work from The Early Years, Archive Project No. 1 [POSTPONED]

Why We Recommend it

American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, known for capturing celebrities for Rolling Stone and important people such as Richard Nixon, showcases works from the formative period of her career that capture the dramatic cultural and political shifts of the Seventies and Eighties.


Annie Leibovitz bought her first camera in the summer of 1968, after her freshman year at the San Francisco ArtInstitute. In 1970, while still a student, she approached Rolling Stone magazine–just three years after its inception–with a few of her photographs. Two of the images were published and she soon embarked on what would develop into a symbiotic relationship between the young photographer and a magazine that became famous for reflecting the American zeitgeist.

Following the exhibition in Los Angeles this year in February, The Early Years in Hong Kong includes photographs Annie Leibovitz took in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when she had left Rolling Stone and had enlarged her repertoire of subjects. The images reflect a signature technique she developed early in her career, as she consciously and consistently fit style to subject. This was achieved through collaborating with her subjects, photographing them in their homes where friends, lovers, children, and other personal markers might appear.

In the late 1970s she had begun using a medium-format camera that produced square photographs. The camera was appropriate for shooting set-up portraits with a strobe light. Annie Leibovitz staged planned portraits based on a straightforward idea often stemming from a deeply personal collaboration with her subjects.

The companion free artist talk in Tai Kwun on 19 November 2019 and the exhibition have been postponed until further notice. Please click here for details.


When: 22 Nov 2019 - 8 Feb 2020 Where: Hauser and Wirth – 16-15/F, 80 Queen's Road Central – Central