Currently an Annie Leibovitz exhibition is on display at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC. Since this is a short drive from my house, my wife and I decided to go check it out this past weekend.
The exhibit is being sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute. I am most familiar with Leibovitz’s portrait work. I know some of her best work has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine (among others I am sure). This exhibit features other (non-portraiture) work of her’s. The thread that ties the work together is that it tells the story of the USA and includes influential people in our history whether they were citizens or foreign nationals.
Her images are rich and deep with saturated colors that range the entire spectrum. How she manages to get such deep hues with a camera are beyond my comprehension.
As striking as all the images are, the one that stuck out with me was an image of a dead bird that had been preserved by the late Charles Darwin. There was a wide range of complementary colors in the feathers of the bird, and the detail was outstanding. You could see individual feathers on the carcass.
It seemed a little morose that an image with a dead bird in it was my favorite, but that is how it happens sometimes I guess.
If the exhibit visits near you, it is well worth a look.