September 6, 2016 / 5:06 PM / 2 years ago

Mystery Italian writer heads Leibovitz wish list for women's portraits show

MILAN (Reuters) - American photographer Annie Leibovitz hopes to add a layer of mystery to her travelling “Women: New Portraits” exhibition when it sets down in Milan - by including the image of writer whose identity is a closely-guarded secret.

U.S. photographer Annie Leibovitz is reflected in glass during a press preview of her exhibition 'WOMEN: New Portraits' at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, Britain January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo

The show, which began its tour in London and is a continuation of a project started in 1999, features images on a panel where some spaces have been left blank.

Leibovitz aims to fill those holes with new photos as the show moves around the world and said writer Elena Ferrante - known for the popular Neapolitan Novels that chronicle two women’s life-long friendship - was on her Italian wish list.

But Ferrante’s identity is unknown, making it probable that Leibovitz will have to content herself with just a single Italian subject, fashion designer Miuccia Prada.

Prada will join the likes of activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, singer Adele and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, when the exhibition goes on display at Milan’s former light bulb plant Fabbrica Orobia from Sept. 9 to Oct. 2.

(This version of the story corrects typographical error in first paragraph).

Reporting by Francesca Landini; editing by John Stonestreet

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