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)
While fulfilling his 1914 commission to create the statue for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the sculptor Daniel Chester French made plaster casts of his own hands. He worked often in Stockbridge, Mass., in a studio now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He sculpted several models for the Lincoln statue, which was ultimately hewed from 28 marble blocks.