Put your iPhone in your pocket, people: It’s time to take a look at some bona fide, hanging-on the wall works by one of the most legendary photographers of our time. (Oh hush, we still like your Instagram pics.) Today in Columbia legendary Annie Leibovitz debuted her newest collection at The Columbia Museum of Art, the only museum on the Southeast to show the collection.
“Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage” was a serious get for the museum, an anchor of the capital city’s Main Street (which has undergone a cool revitalization and is worth a visit in its own right). The photos — 78 prints she made while traveling the country with no agenda or assignment — are all of places that meant something to her, a reflection of her cultural heritage. (So unlike her many famous photos for Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, no people in the shots. Not a one.)
“From the beginning, when I was watching my children stand mesmerized over Niagara Falls, this project was an exercise in renewal,” she says. “It taught me to see again.”
Among the places she photographed: Homes of iconic figures, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and one of our favorite Southerners: Elvis. (She told the media on tour during today’s event that she’s fascinated by The King. Who isn’t?)
The exhibit opens to the public tomorrow and runs through January 5, 2014. Admission to the museum is $12.