Annie Leibovitz Archives Go To LUMA Foundation's Living Archives Program

Annie Leibovitz, Photographs from the “Driving” series. © Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz, Photographs from the “Driving” series. © Annie Leibovitz

Iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz has arranged for her archives to be part of the LUMA Foundation, the Swiss nonprofit founded by Maja Hoffmann. The collaboration is part of LUMA's Living Archives Program, dedicated to working with living artists across disciplines including photography, design, literature, film, and dance. 

Over 8,000 photographs will open on May 26 in an exhibition coinciding with the opening of LUMA's Frank-Gehry designed Parc des Ateliers location in Arles, France.

“Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years”—which opens on May 27—will focus on the photographer’s work between 1968 and 1983 and is intended as the first of several projects dedicated to Leibovitz’s career-beginnings. The show will also mark the first time that the archives become available to the public. ArtNet writes:

Opening with photographs taken when she was enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute as a painting major, the exhibition will go on to examine the artist’s work through 1983. During that time, Leibovitz began working for Rolling Stone, eventually becoming the magazine’s chief photographer in 1973 before resigning ten years later to photograph for Vanity Fair.