A couple of hours prior to the death of John Lennon, a picture was taken of him and Yoko Ono lying together. Yoko is fully clothed and John is in the nude. It emotes vulnerability. It's really a beautiful picture and one of the more recognizable photographs of Annie Leibovitz.
The Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood is hosting an exhibit sponsered by American Express called Rewarding Lives. The exhibit started at American Express' headquarters in October of 2002 as a means to draw people back to the World Financial Center after the destruction of the Towers. The exhibit is now traveling the country and has made its way to Los Angeles. It's open to the public and best of all; it's free.
The exhibit consists of a collection of Annie Leibovitz's photographs of celebrities who also happen to be American Express Cardmembers. In additon, there will also be a display of the original AMEX cards of several U.S. Presidents. "The vision of 'Rewarding Lives' is to embody the celebration of human accomplishment and the desire to reach one's highest potential."
The exhibit is divided into themed groupings that will be rotated during the two month showing. Not only are the pictures worth taking a look at but the backdrop in which they are being displayed is unique in that it will play on natural elements and lighting. The photographs are mostly being displayed on the 3rd Floor Terrace of the PDC but are also spread throughout the buildings.
If you live in SoCal, I highly recommend checking it out. For those who don't live here, keep an eye out, maybe it will hit a city near you.
Update: I feel like such a heel. After reading the comments on this entry, I realized I forgot to give credit for the photos. I put the collage together but the graphics aren't mine. They are from the Pacific Design Center Website.