Annie Leibovitz Exhibition
October 6, 2017: Alex Verhave
It’s been just over 4 months since the opening of the “Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years” exhibit at the Luma Foundation in Arles, France. It is the first project dedicated exclusively to the origins of Annie’s career, featuring her work from 1968 to 1983. Silhouette Studio was brought in to oversee the final printing of the exhibition.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work directly with Annie on her archive. It was also the most difficult assignment of my career. As a retoucher and printer, my job is to make stories feel cohesive even if they are shot by different photographers, or have multiple end uses. Imagine doing that to the scale of over 8,000 images! The prints needed to have continuity and feel true to their era.
Talent and technique alone are not enough to tackle a project of this scope, especially one so personal to the artist. You have be a trusted partner. I do that being the quiet guy, the guy who spends more time listening (to you), than talking (about me). So enough about me…check out the photos from the exhibit!