Who ART You? 23
Annie Leibovitz is argubly one of the most famous names in photography. She has photgraphed many many celebrities and has brought an avant garde appeal to her phtographs.
Who ART You?
Annie Liebovitz was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on October 2, 1949. Her passion of art was born out of her mother's engagement with dance, music, and painting. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting with the intention of becoming an art teacher. At school, she had her first photography workshop and changed her major after to photography. She was inspired by the work of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. For several years, she continued to develop her photography skills while holding various jobs, including a stint on a kibbutz in Amir, Israel, for several months in 1969.
When Leibovitz returned to the United States in 1970, she started her career as staff photographer, working for Rolling Stone magazine. In 1973, publisher Jann Wenner named Leibovitz chief photographer of Rolling Stone, a job she would hold for 10 years. Leibovitz worked for the magazine until 1983, and her intimate photographs of celebrities helped define the Rolling Stone look.
Leibovitz photographed the Rolling Stones in San Francisco in 1971 and 1972, and served as the concert-tour photographer for the Rolling Stones' Tour of the Americas '75. Her favorite photo from the tour was a photo of Mick Jagger in an elevator.
On December 8, 1980, Leibovitz had a photo shoot with John Lennon for Rolling Stone, and she promised him he would make the cover. She had initially tried to get a picture with just Lennon alone, as Rolling Stone wanted, but Lennon insisted that both he and Yoko Ono be on the cover. Leibovitz then tried to re-create something like the kissing scene from the couple's Double Fantasy 1980 album cover, a picture Leibovitz loved, and she had John remove his clothes and curl up next to Yoko on the floor. Leibovitz recalls, "What is interesting is she said she'd take her top off and I said, 'Leave everything on'—not really preconceiving the picture at all. Then he curled up next to her and it was very, very strong. You couldn't help but feel that he was cold and he looked like he was clinging on to her. I think it was amazing to look at the first Polaroid and they were both very excited. John said, 'You've captured our relationship exactly. Promise me it'll be on the cover.' I looked him in the eye and we shook on it." Leibovitz was the last person to professionally photograph Lennon—he was shot and killed five hours later.
Leibovitz has three daughters. Her first one, Sarah Cameron Leibovitz was born in October 2001 when Leibovitz was 52 years old. Her twin girls, Susan and Samuelle, were born to a surrogate mother in May 2005.
Leibovitz had a close relationship with writer and essayist Susan Sontag from 1989 until Sontag's death in 2004. During Sontag's lifetime, neither woman publicly disclosed whether the relationship was a platonic friendship or romantic. They never lived together, though they each had an apartment within view of the other's." Leibovitz, when interviewed for her autobiography A Photographer's Life: 1990–2005, said the book told a number of stories, and "with Susan, it was a love story." While The New York Times in 2009 referred to Sontag as Leibovitz's "companion", Leibovitz wrote in A Photographer's Life that "words like 'companion' and 'partner' were not in our vocabulary. We were two people who helped each other through our lives. The closest word is still 'friend'." That same year, Leibovitz said the descriptor "lover" was accurate. She later reiterated, "Call us 'lovers'. I like 'lovers.' You know, 'lovers' sounds romantic. I mean, I want to be perfectly clear. I love Susan."
Leibovitz in front of her More Demi Moore Vanity Fair cover photo, 2008
In 1978 Leibovitz photographed the cover for Joan Armatrading's fifth studio album To the Limit, spending four days at her house capturing the images. Leibovitz also did the photography for Armatrading's live album, Steppin' Out.
Sonia Braga was photographed for an American Express campaign in 1991.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono for the Jan. 22, 1981, Rolling Stone cover, taken the day Lennon was murdered.
Prisoners at Soledad State Prison in California, each hugging a visiting family member, with each couple standing a few feet from the next, taken on Christmas 1971.
Linda Ronstadt in a red slip, on her bed, reaching for a glass of water in a 1976 cover story for Rolling Stone magazine.
Demi Moore has been the subject of two highly publicized Vanity Fair covers taken by Leibovitz: More Demi Moore (Aug. 1991) featuring Moore pregnant and nude, and Demi's Birthday Suit (Aug 1992), showing Moore nude with a suit painted on her body.
Marion Cotillard for the Autumn/Winter 2009 collection of the Lady Dior - Lady Rouge handbag campaign and for the November 2009 cover of Vogue with the cast of Nine.
Fleetwood Mac for a 1977 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood are shown lying together, as are Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham at the opposite end of the bed. John McVie is shown reading Playboy magazine.
Whoopi Goldberg lying in a bathtub full of milk, shot from above.
Christo, fully wrapped so the viewer must take the artist's word that Christo is actually under the wrapping.
David Cassidy on the Rolling Stone cover depicting him naked from his head to his waist.
Dolly Parton vamping for the camera while Arnold Schwarzenegger flexes his biceps behind her, featured in an August 25, 1977, Rolling Stone photo spread.
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as The Blues Brothers, with their faces painted blue.
Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson, both nude, with a fully clothed Tom Ford, for the cover of Vanity Fair's March 2006 Hollywood Issue.
Knut with Leonardo DiCaprio, a 2007 Vanity Fair cover.
Queen Elizabeth II on occasion of her state visit in United States in 2007, and in 2016 at Windsor Castle to mark her 90th birthday.
Jackie and Joan Collins in a limo, Los Angeles 1987.
Sting, with whom she shares a birthday, naked in the desert, covered in mud to blend in with the scenery.
Closeup portrait of Pete Townshend framed by his bleeding hand dripping real blood down the side of his face.
"Fire" portrait and caption "Patti Smith Catches Fire.”
Cyndi Lauper, She's So Unusual and True Colors album covers.
Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A. and Tunnel of Love album cover.
Gisele Bündchen and LeBron James on the April 2008 cover of Vogue America.
Miley Cyrus's Vanity Fair photo in which the 15-year-old star appeared semi-nude, leading to a controversy.
Michael Jackson twice for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, including other additional photographs of him that were not featured on the cover of the magazine.
Bill Gates for the cover of Gates' book The Road Ahead.
Family of Barack Obama in the White House.
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss at the Royalton Hotel, New York in 1994. A nude Moss laying on a bed while fully clothed Depp is lying between her legs, covering her abdomen.
Lance Armstrong riding his Trek Madone bicycle in the buff in the rain. It was shown in Vanity Fair's 1999 December issue.
Lady Gaga for Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Rihanna for Vogue in 2011 and 2012.
The cast of Les Misérables (Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen) for Vogue in 2012.
Benedict Cumberbatch for Vogue in 2013
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their daughter North for Vogue in 2014.
Dane DeHaan for Prada.
Amy Van Dyken posing underwater with a milk mustache as part of the 1996 Milk Mustache campaign.
The cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Vanity Fair in 2015 and the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi for Vanity Fair in 2017.
Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair. in 2015.
Mark Zuckerberg and his pregnant wife Priscilla Chan in 2015.
Adele for Vogue in 2016.
Christopher Hitchens at dinner on the night of his marriage to Carol Blue. Used on the cover of Hitchens' book For the Sake of Argument
Serena Williams on the cover of Vanity Fair August 2017, while heavily pregnant
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