My Afternoon With Annie Leibovitz (Part I)

I received an invite to the opening day of Annie Leibovitz’s Women: New Portraits exhibition in Singapore. So eggciting!

Opening day meant Annie would be there to open and introduce the exhibition and talk about her photographs. There was also a delicious lunch spread by Hyatt Hotel (cloth napkins and all). To reinforce the message of women in leadership, there was also a dialogue session with a panel of 4 women leaders from various sectors: the public service, the corporate world and of course the colourful entrepreneurial world. But more on this dialogue session in Part II.

I don’t know why but I’m always amazed when super successful people are humble and unassuming. As she spoke, she sounded even a tad shy about showing off her work, calling it “a little boring“. She’s the kinda person who seemed like she’d be happy to have a casual drink with, well, just anyone.

I’d for sure count her as a supermamapreneur – she’s got this amazing career and 3 girls. From the 15 minutes that we got to spend with her, this video carries the most important message: We Are Really Incredible.

To have that kind of mindset and to give your own children that kind of environment and mindset from a young age benefits everyone beyond measure.

It’s not “we will be”, nor is it “we were”. It is “we are”.

Please excuse the angle of the video. I was so mesmerised by her photos flashing on the giant screens that I forgot to save a good seat for myself.

Transcript: (this isn’t a full transcript because of the sound quality of the video. Can’t hear everything but I’ve put in subtitles where I can, and where it matters).

“.. the other women, as it continues, is really the list of bios. If you get a chance to read these bios, they are really … and to really see how incredible these women…actually, how incredible WE are. We are really incredible. You all deserve your own set of bios. These women are just mirrors of you. “

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to take a photo with her, though maybe it’s not such a bad thing – I don’t know how this world renowned photographer feels about selfies. And because she’s the photographer would it be rude to take the photo myself instead of asking her?  (Mmhmm, you wouldn’t want to be in my head)

Anyway here are other photos for your viewing pleasure. I’m not one to be taken in easily by art on walls or photographs, but with her collection, I just couldn’t stop looking and looking.

I like how this huge sign is set against this background.
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Obligatory pose with the backdrop, of course.
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Famous faces: Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Meryl Streep
Incredible women from Adele, to Aung San Suu Kyi, to Shonda Rimes and Sheryl Sandberg.


Tanjong Pagar Railway Station was the perfect choice for this exhibit.

Wouldn’t you be mesmerised?
This photo makes me want to lie down and stare into space.


The lovely Meryl Streep
If anyone wants to know who I am, this is me in a nutshell.
The Incomparable Annie Leibovitz telling us about her photographs.

Exhibition dates: 28 April to 22 May 2016

Exhibition opening hours:

Mondays – Thursdays, 10am – 6pm
(Last admission 5pm)

Fridays, 10am – 8pm
(Last admission 7pm)

Saturdays – Sundays, 10am – 6pm
(Last admission 5pm)

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Main Hall
30 Keppel Road
Singapore, 089059

Cost: Free entry

For more information, please click here.

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