Leibovitz photographed the desk, along with other objects, rooms and landscapes that had special meaning for her to include in her book Pilgrimage, which was published last fall.
The photo of Woolf’s desk shows scratches and stains that mar nearly the entire desk surface. After snapping it, Leibovitz wondered what the scratches and stains were all about, and she discovered “that Woolf was a very sloppy person who often spilled drinks all over her work space,” according to an interview published in the Evening Sun.
Now an eponymous photography exhibit of Leibovitz’s work is on display at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum through Jan. 20. It features more than 70 photographs chronicling the photographer’s journey to landmarks — some literary — throughout the United States and England.
- From the desk of Virginia Woolf (bloggingwoolf)
- Writers’ rooms: Virginia Woolf (guardian.co.uk)
- Photographer Annie Leibovitz turns to history for her new exhibit in Gettysburg (pennlive.com)
- Freund photos of Woolf’s desk