How excited are you for the AGNS Annie Leibovitz collection?

On a scale of 1 to very, very excited?

Thanks to a generous gift made in honour of Al and the late Faye Mintz by their children, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia now has a new collection of photos by photographer/living legend Annie Leibovitz.

The collection, titled Annie Leibovitz: Photographs from Her Books—A Gift of the Al and Faye Mintz Family will be held in trust. It's something that has the ability to change the audience coming through the AGNS doors, drawing in a new group of both local and international visitors—Leibovitz is considered to be one of the most famous rock photographers, having been Rolling Stone's chief photographer from 1973-1983, shooting 142 covers, including the photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono the day Lennon was shot. Her work at Vanity Fair and Vogue allowed her access to actors, musicians, politicians, athletes and Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub full of milk.

The collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is held in trust for the people of Nova Scotia. "The gallery has been actively building its photography collection for the past ten years," said AGNS director and CEO Ray Cronin, "But this gift changes the gallery. It's transformative."

The images in the set have appeared in ten books: Annie Leibovitz: Photographs (1983); The White Oak Dance Project (1990); Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970-1990 (1991); Olympic Portraits (1996); Women (1999), American Music (2003); A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005 (2006); Annie Leibovitz at Work (2008); Pilgrimage (2011); and a limited-edition volume to be published at the end of the year. The set of photographs is Number One in an edition of three sets.

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