Artist Series: Annie Leibovitz

February 20, 2013

Arts, Photography

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer who is acknowledged internationally. One of her most recognized works is the photo shoot with John Lennon for Rolling Stone in 1980. The photographer became an icon of modern photography through her unique lighting, bold colours and poses. She is well known for her capability to make her subjects become physically involved in her work; therefore, she is able to capture spectacular images of today’s celebrities, famous musicians, artists, and political figures.

In Leibovitz’ early years, she studied painting, but for some time she was able to develop her photography skills while working in various jobs in Israel. When the artist returned to the United States in 1970, she started her career as a staff photographer in the newly launched Rolling Stones magazine. In 1973, Leibovitz was named the chief photographer of the magazine, which she held for 10 years. During her 10 years, she helped to shape the Rolling Stone look. By the time she left the magazine, she had shot 142 covers. The photographer realized that she could work in the magazine industry and still create her personal work, which was an important factor for her.

Annie Leibovitz has been a major contributor of the entertainment magazine Vanity Fair since 1983. In 1998, Leibovitz joined Vogue Magazine and still continues her efforts. She has worked with many arts organizations, such as American Ballet Theatre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and with Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has been entitled a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and many other honors, along with Barnard College Medal of Distinction and the Infinity Award in Applied Photography from the International Center of Photography.

Jennifer Shim


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