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Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life

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Since the 1970s, Annie Leibovitz has been dedicated to recording and magnifying the zeitgeist.

If it is possible to reduce such a varied body of work to one concept, it is way in which she has at various times shaped and been supported by popular culture.

Leibovitz's first professional photography job was as a staff photographer at the iconic Rolling Stone magazine, but it is largely her renouned work with celebrity that has elevated the magazine to its cult-status.

It is apt, therefore, that it is Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, that is hosting a collection of her work until 27 March 2011. The exhibition, "A Photographer's Life 1990 - 2005" presents a selection of works chosen by Annie Leibovitz herself.

The collection is as eclectic as her career. There are the expected portraits of Brad Pitt, Demi Moore, Patti Smith, and Australia's own Nicole Kidman. But, there are also an array of more personal pictures, lending substance not only to a body of work that has captivated an extraordinarily broad audience, but also into the substance of the woman herself.

The Museum of Contemporary Art has set the adult admission rate at $15, with a five dollar discount for concessions. Children under 12 years old are admitted free of charge. Given the bredth of the artist's appeal, it is advisible to book online before arriving at the gallery.
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Why? To see cultural icons through the eyes of a cultural icon
When: Until 27 March 2011
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Cost: Adult: $15, Concession: $10
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