Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz
At San Francisco exhibition, 29 February 2008. Photo by Robert Scoble
Born: 2 October 1949, Waterbury, Connecticut
Born Anna-Lou Leibovitz, she is the daughter of a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force officer and a modern dance instructor, the family moved frequently with her father's duty assignments and she took her first photographs in the Philippines. She studied painting at San Francisco Art Institute but continued to develop her photography. After spending several months on a kibbutz in Israel she returned to San Francisco and was hired by Rolling Stone magazine, becoming their chief photographer in 1973. During twelve years she shot, and sometimes traveled with, the biggest rock stars, many of which became covers for the magazine. She spent the afternoon with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, creating the portrait you will see on our Lennon page, the day he was shot. In 1983 she left Rolling Stone for Vanity Fair, giving her a wider range of subjects. Memorable portraits for VF include a very-pregnant nude Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub filled with milk. She continues to take pictures for advertising and editorial uses on a freelance basis. Her partner of many years was Susan Sontag. Recent bad financial management put her at risk of losing the rights to her work in 2009 but a new loan, still secured by her archive, was arranged.
Annie Leibovitz quotes:
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- A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people. permalink
- A very subtle difference can make the picture or not. permalink
- As you get older, you have different tools, and you learn to use photography differently. permalink
- Coming tight was boring to me, just the face... it didn't have enough information. permalink
- Computer photography won't be photography as we know it. I think photography will always be chemical. permalink
- Everyone has a point of view. Some people call it style, but what we're really talking about is the guts of a photograph. When you trust your point of view, that's when you start taking pictures. permalink
- I am impressed with what happens when someone stays in the same place and you took the same picture over and over and it would be different, every single frame. permalink
- I didn't want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful. permalink
- I don't think there is anything wrong with white space. I don't think it's a problem to have a blank wall. permalink
- I still need the camera because it is the only reason anyone is talking to me. permalink
- I was scared to do anything in the studio because it felt so claustrophobic. I wanted to be somewhere where things could happen and the subject wasn't just looking back at you. permalink
- I wish that all of nature's magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed. permalink
- I'd like to think that the actions we take today will allow others in the future to discover the wonders of landscapes we helped protect but never had the chance to enjoy ourselves. permalink
- If I didn't have my camera to remind me constantly, I am here to do this, I would eventually have slipped away, I think. I would have forgotten my reason to exist. permalink
- If it makes you cry, it goes in the show. permalink
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