Die Fotografin Annie Leibovitz begab sich auf eine intime und doch sehr kanonische Bildungsreise nach dem Tod ihrer Lebenspartnerin Susan Sontag. Im Herbst legte sie den darauf basierenden Fotoband vor: Pilgrimage. Dominique Browning schreibt in der „New York Times“ über Leibovitz‘ Besuch bei den Niagarafällen:
„she noticed that her girls were mesmerized. She went to where they were standing, and grew still. “I was stunned by the beauty of the water,” she says. The picture she took that morning became the cover of the book.
“It was hard as hell to do this book in the middle of everything I was going through. I was told constantly this book wouldn’t bring in money, and I should drop it. But I really wanted to do it. I needed to save my soul.”
“Pilgrimage” opens with shots of Emily Dickinson’s house that Ms. Leibovitz took, casually, while in Amherst, Mass., on a family visit. She visited the house next door, which belonged to Dickinson’s brother, Austin. “Austin’s house was a revelation. You could feel the people who had lived there. Austin’s young son had died in one of the small bedrooms, and I found that I couldn’t walk into it.”
She set those photographs aside. Before her partner, Susan Sontag, died, she and Ms. Leibovitz had planned to do a book of places they cared about. They made all kinds of lists of where they wanted to go. Years later, Ms. Leibovitz realized that she still wanted to do that book, with her own list.
Something about the Niagara trip with her girls stirred up memories of the Dickinson photographs and Ms. Leibovitz resurrected the idea of a pilgrimage. “There was a spiritual aspect to this journey at first,” she says. “It didn’t stay at that level — because I began to feel better. But somehow, it saved me to go into other worlds.”
The quest took her to such fascinating locales and pockets of cultural history as Charles Darwin’s cottage in the English countryside, Virginia Woolf’s writing table, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home, Ansel Adams’s darkroom, Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress, and Freud’s final couch.
The kernel of the idea came before Leibovitz’s partner, the greatSusan Sontag, died — the two of them had planned to do a book of places that were important to them, which they meticulously compiled in lists. Years after Sontag’s death, upon visiting Niagara Falls with her three young kids, Leibovitz decided to start her own list and do the book on her own.“
Meine Frage dazu: Kennt jemand die Liste, welche Leibovitz und Sonntag erstellt hatten? Wo lässt sie sich nachlesen? Gibt es dazu Artikel, Zitate, Einblicke?