Annie Leibovitz WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition commissioned by UBS Wapping Hydraulic Power Station

16 January – 7 February 2015

Any one who follows me on Facebook would have known I attended this fabulous new Annie Leibovitz Exhibition, ‘WOMEN’ in London yesterday. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Press Event on 13 January eariler in the week but in many ways it had its advantages. Press Events are fabulous don’t get me wrong and we’re always looked after very well but there was something quite special about standing in the queue yesterday, with my partner and two of my children. It was freezing cold and getting dark, we were standing with a number of actors and TV presenters (many of whom I’ve met before), the atmosphere was electric. It’s a long time since I have attended an event like this ‘incognito’ as it were, it took me back many years.

“WOMEN” is a series that Leibovitz created in 1999 for an exhibition and a book. She will continue adding to the series as this travelling exhibition tours 9 other cities, London being the first. Her plan is to compile an additional 50 portraits by the time the show reaches Zurich at the end of this year. The project’s original aim was to depict womanhood in its many forms — unrestricted by age or accepted beauty norms — and to portray women as men had traditionally been photographed, in their professional roles, and at all stages of life. The new series extends the theme, celebrating a new generation and the transformations it has wrought.

In this article I have published some of the official images from the event and also a few of my own, to give you an idea of what to expect when (hopefully) you get a chance to visit.


Annie Leibovitz WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition commissioned by UBS.

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. 16 January – 7 February

Pictured: Annie Leibovitz – WOMEN New Portraits Exhibition commissioned by UBS ©Peter Macdiarmid

Annie Leibovitz WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition commissioned by UBS.

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. 16 January – 7 February

Pictured: Annie Leibovitz WOMEN New Portraits exhibition commissioned by UBS © Martin Ruetschi

‘Intrigue’ – ©Joanne Carter

The fabulous book table with my two children in the comfortable seats – ©Joanne Carter

My partner and my daughter – ©Joanne Carter

A Visitor – ©Joanne Carter

The Queue – ©Joanne Carter

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station – Host for the Event – ©Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: