Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz

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At San Francisco exhibition, 29 February 2008. Photo by Robert Scoble
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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.

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