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Review – Annie Leibovitz’s WOMEN: New Portraits Exhibition at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station from January 16th to February 7th 2016

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The Wapping Hydraulic Power Station is the location for an exhibition by one of America’s leading photographers with the opening of Annie Leibovitz’s WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition.

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‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz launches in London. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of UBS.

Wapping is known for its maritime connections and Wapping Hydraulic Power Station is an important relic of London’s industrial past which attracted the photographer, Leibovitz said: “It was so exciting to find Wapping Station here – we were looking for places that were unusual.”

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‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz launches in London. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of UBS.

Women: New Portraits includes photographs of the likes of Amy Winehouse, Michelle Obama, Adele, Taylor Swift, Jane Goodall, Sheryl Sandberg, Cindy Sherman, Caitlyn Jenner, Amy Schumer and Aung San Suu Kyi and is a collection that focuses on “women of outstanding achievement” and is a continuation of Women, a project that Annie Leibovitz began over 15 years ago in collaboration with writer Susan Sontag.

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‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz launches in London. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of UBS.

The exhibition features new photographs and work from the original series, as well as other unpublished photographs. In collaboration with UBS , a series of free learning programmes will accompany the exhibition which will explore ways of seeing through photography and working with young people in local schools and communities.

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Annie Liebovitz, New York City, 2012 © Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970 and in the past four decades as built up a great reputation based on a series of well-known portraits for Vanity Fair, Vogue and numerous other publications. Famous portraits include John Lennon and Yoko Ono just before he was killed, Demi Moore, Queen Elizabeth II, Sting, Lady Gaga and more recently Caitlyn Jenner.

Laura Poitras, New York City, 2015 © Annie Leibovitz WOMEN New Portraits Exhibition by Annie Leibovitz with Exclusive Commissioning Pa

Laura Poitras, New York City, 2015 © Annie Leibovitz WOMEN New Portraits Exhibition
Annie Leibovitz WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition commissioned by UBS, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station,16 Jan – 7  Feb

A walk around the exhibition allows you to appreciate the wide and diverse range of work and styles of one of the best known photographers in the world.  The run down industrial setting with large screens  provide an interesting backdrop to the exhibition and offers plenty of incentive to make the trip into London Docklands. The exhibition is free and will run from January 16th to February 7th 2016.

Annie Leibovitz’s new photographs, which have been commissioned by UBS, will be shown in 10 cities over the next 12 months. The tour starts in London before moving to Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.

Visitor Information

January 16th – February 7th 2016

Admission to the exhibition is free

Exhibition opening hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm

Friday: 10am – 8pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Address:

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station,

Wapping Wall,

London E1W 3SL:

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information about the exhibition, visit the UBS website here

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Great London Pubs – The Prospect of Whitby

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The Prospect of Whitby

Location – 57 Wapping Wall, Wapping, London, E1W 3SH

The Prospect of Whitby in Wapping is one of the most famous pubs in London, its origins was a simple tavern on the site in 1520.
However it was in the 17th century that it became known as a meeting place for smugglers and river pirates, it was at this time known as the ‘Devil’s Tavern’. It is also claimed that patrons watched the hanging of pirates at the nearby Execution Dock from its balcony.
In recognition of this claim there now stands a noose and gallows outside the back of the pub overlooking the Thames.

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In the 18th Century the Devil’s Tavern burnt down and the tavern was rebuilt and renamed the ‘Prospect of Whitby’ after a ship that was moored nearby.

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In the 19th century it became a place where artists used for a vantage point for their paintings of the Thames, Whistler and Turner amongst others painted many pictures of Wapping.
Famous customers have included Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens, however in the 20th Century it became the pub of choice for many celebrities and famous people.
In the 1950s Princess Margaret was a regular visitor and the pub became a regular stop on the tourist trail.

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It is still very popular and caters for a wide range of clientele, perhaps not the old river workers or seaman who once plied their trade on the river outside but a nice variety of visitors.

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Although the pub building is mostly 18th century, its original flagstone floor, wooden barrels, pewter bar, odd shaped alcoves and large terrace with great views of the river are very atmospheric of days of smugglers and pirates.

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The pub is owned by the Taylor Walker who offer a wide range of real ales and serve mostly standard British fare such as Fish and Chips.

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