Henry Leutwyler has always been interested in exploring the stories behind the possessions people acquire over a lifetime. In his exhibit at the Foley Gallery, Neverland Lost – A Portrait of Michael Jackson, he chronicles the accumulations of the King Of Pop.
Back in 2009, while Neverland Ranch was being packed away in preparation for a public auction, Leutwyler was given the opportunity to photograph Michael Jackson’s possessions. What began as a project to photograph the pop star’s white glove, evolved into a desire to document the hidden life of Michael Jackson.
“It is said that the Pharaohs built tombs to reveal their lives to future generations,” Leutwyler told The London Sunday Times. “Michael Jackson sacrificed his childhood to the calling of his musical gift. Neverland was the pyramid he constructed to a lost childhood.”
Some of the images from this series, which range from Jackson’s jewel-encrusted shoe to his studded white glove, were published as Gold Winners in Graphis’ Photography Annual 2010, which is available for purchase through our Store.