Leibovitz debuts photo exhibit at Smithsonian

Photographer Annie Leibovitz leads a media tour of her exhibit "Pilgrimage" on Jan. 24, 2012, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

WASHINGTON - Photographer Annie Leibovitz says she has come back from some dark days and revived her creativity with a new photography project now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum that is a departure from her popular celebrity portraits.

Two years ago, Leibovitz was facing millions in debt and a mismanaged fortune that nearly cost her legal rights to some of the most memorable images she created.

Annie Leibovitz leads tour of "Pilgrimage" on Jan. 24, 2012, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

On Tuesday, she led a tour through the photos she says renewed her inspiration. The images in "Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage" include depictions of landscapes and people, but no faces.

Instead, Leibovitz photographed historic objects and scenes, including the homes of "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott, essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, entertainer Elvis Presley and others.

The show is on view through May 20.