Annie Leibovitz's American Pilgrimage
In a new book and exhibition, the esteemed photographer pursues a passion for history and lets us see familiar icons in a fresh light
- By Terence Monmaney
- Smithsonian magazine, January 2012
(© Annie Leibovitz / Contact Press Images from the book Pilgrimage, Random House, 2011 © Annie Leibovitz)
In 1939, Marian Anderson (above: one of her concert gowns) was kept from singing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. because she was African-American. With the help of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson performed instead on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before an audience estimated at 75,000 people.