Annie Leibovitz  (American, 1949) 

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Annie Leibovitz (American, b.1949) is best known for her engaging portraits—particularly of celebrities—which often feature subjects in intimate settings and poses. Leibovitz took painting classes at the San Francisco Art Institute as an undergraduate, but found herself deeply attracted to photography after taking pictures on a family vacation. She switched her studies to photography, and began working on commission for Rolling Stone while still in school in the early 1970s, when the magazine was in its first years of publication. At age 23, Leibovitz became the chief photographer of the magazine; over the next 10 years, she photographed figures such as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and a particularly famous photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, just hours before Lennon was killed in 1980.

In 1983, Leibovitz became a photographer for Vanity Fair, and encouraged many other celebrity subjects to choose poses revealing the intimate, playful, and expressive aspects of their personalities; portraits included celebrities in the nude, in stunning gowns, covered in paint, and in tanks of water or baths of milk, often with dramatic lighting.

Her photographs have been published in several books, and have been used in many ad campaigns. Her work was the subject of a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; she was the first woman to receive a solo exhibition at the museum. Leibovitz currently lives and works in New York.

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Annie Leibovitz, Merce Cunningham

 

Annie Leibovitz
Merce Cunningham
1997

Fuchs Projects
Annie Leibovitz, Dolly Parton and Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Annie Leibovitz
Dolly Parton and Arnold Schwarzenegger
1977

Auction: Apr 24, 2014
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Annie Leibovitz, Bette Midler

 

Annie Leibovitz
Bette Midler
1979

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Annie Leibovitz, Dolly Parton and Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Annie Leibovitz
Dolly Parton and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Heffel Fine Art
Annie Leibovitz, The Blues Brothers

 

Annie Leibovitz
The Blues Brothers
1979

Lipton Fine Arts
Annie Leibovitz, Rodney Dangerfield

 

Annie Leibovitz
Rodney Dangerfield
1980

Lipton Fine Arts
Annie Leibovitz, Meryl Streep

 

Annie Leibovitz
Meryl Streep
1981

Lipton Fine Arts
Annie Leibovitz, Steve Martin, Beverly Hills, California

 

Annie Leibovitz
Steve Martin, Beverly Hills, California
1981

Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Annie Leibovitz, Patti Smith, New Orleans, 1978

 

Annie Leibovitz
Patti Smith, New Orleans, 1978
1978

Sundaram Tagore Gallery
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Annie Leibovitz, Merce Cunningham

 

Annie Leibovitz
Merce Cunningham, 1994
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Annie Leibovitz, Angelina Jolie und Maddox

 

Annie Leibovitz
Angelina Jolie und Maddox, 2005
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Annie Leibovitz, The Little Mermaid - Where Another World Is Just A Wish Away

 

Annie Leibovitz
The Little Mermaid - Where Another World Is Just A Wish Away, 2008
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1947   Born: in Westport, Connecticut
1967   Enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute
1970   Became a staff photographer for Rolling Stone
1983   Began working for Vanity Fair
1996   Chosen to be the official photographer of the Atlanta, Georgia Summer Olympics
2008   MEP - Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris, France (solo)
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2007 - 2008   The Art of Collaboration with Bottega Veneta
2007   Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY (solo)
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI (solo)
2006   C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2005   Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (solo)
2004   The Hospital, London, UK (solo)
2003   Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2002   Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK
1999    Annie Leibovitz: Women. New York: Random House, 1999
1996    Olympic Portraits: Annie Leibovitz. New York: Bulfinch Press, 1996
1991    Photographs: Annie Leibovitz 1970 - 1990. New York: Harper Perennial, 1991