Wapping will play host to the premiere of an international tour of freshly commissioned images by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz.

WOMEN: New Portraits will showcase work commissioned by investment bank UBS and builds on a collection of pictures published in 1999 in collaboration with writer and filmmaker Susan Sontag.

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The new photographs will be unveiled at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station on Saturday, January 16, before travelling to 10 cities including Toyko, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

The exhibition will also include images from 1999’s WOMEN and other photographs taken since to support the fresh work commissioned to reflect the changes in the role of women in today’s society.

Gloria Steinem, New York City, 2015 ©Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN: New Portraits Exclusive Commissioning Partner UBS

Annie said: “It is extraordinary to do this work for UBS on a subject I really care about.

“It is such a big undertaking and a broad subject it is like going out and photographing the ocean.”

Designated a Living Legend by the USA’s Library of Congress, Annie has been documenting popular culture since the early 1970s when she worked for Rolling Stone as a photojournalist.

In the 1980s she began exploring portraiture with photographs for Vanity Fair and Vogue.

Annie Leibovitz, New York City, 2015 ©Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN: New Portraits Exclusive Commissioning Partner UBS

The first venue for her exhibition, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, was built in 1890 east of Tower Bridge and harnessed water from the Thames to provide power to the surrounding docks and central London until its closure in 1977.

The surviving complex includes an engine house, boiler house, accumulator tower, reservoir and a foreman’s house.

10am-6pm (Fridays 8pm), Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, February 7, free, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping .

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