Annie Leibovitz at the Legion

Annie Leibovitz has captured the icons of popular culture with her award-winning photography for decades. Beginning on Saturday, an important exhibition at the Legion of Honor gives us a look at 200 of these photos, but in a surprisingly open manner, shows us those that the legendary photographer has taken of her family and friends.

Some of them are very private images from a very private life, although she has described it differently. “I don’t have two lives. This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it,” she says, and so the exhibition is entitled “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005.”

“Cynical souls might imagine that an art museum offers an Annie Leibovitz exhibit for the same reason that a zoo shows off a new baby panda,” notes local writer Patrick Sullivan. “Both are sure-fire crowd pleasers that keep the turnstiles humming.”

Indeed, I know I’m planning to be there! Here is the showing schedule:

What: “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life”
Where: Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco
When: Saturday March 1 through May 25, 2008. 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday.
Admission: $15, with discounts for seniors and students. Free 12 and younger.
Information: (415) 750-3600, www.legionofhonor.org