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Leibovitz, Annie (1949)

At only 21, Annie Leibovitz is hired by Rolling Stones magazine and soon becomes the major photographer of the 1970s’ musical icons. At the time, she develops her signature style: impactful portraits in vivid tones or powerful black and whites, with unusual poses. The most representative image of that period is her depiction of Yoko Ono and John Lennon on their bed: her, entirely clothed, him naked in a foetal position, embracing his lover - a combination of tender intimacy and extravagance. In 1983, the American photographer leaves Rolling Stones for Vanity Fair where she captures Hollywood celebrities and socialites in sophisticated decors such as her Disney series featuring such personalities as Beyonce incarnating Alice in Wonderland or Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella. She nonetheless does not get rid of her taste for the singular and provocation with her naked pregnant Demi Moore or the controversial semi-nude portrait of Miley Cyrus when she hadn’t yet become master es scandal. Where some photographers are eager to reveal the humanity of their famous sitters, Annie Leibovitz on the contrary, has always played with their glamorous status, enhancing their fantasy-like auras but when it came to her personal life, she dared to publish a raw photograph of her lover, author, Susan Sontag - ‘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 »’ - ravaged by cancer, on her deathbed.

Tags / Annie Leibovitz - American Photographer - 1990s - Celebrity - Music - Fantasy
Annie Leibovitz, Julian Schnabel in his studio on West 11th Street, 1995
Annie Leibovitz, Julian Schnabel in his studio on West 11th Street, 1995
Annie Leibovitz, Susan Sarandon
Annie Leibovitz, Susan Sarandon
Annie Leibovitz, Patti Smith with her children, Jackson and Jesse, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, 1996
Annie Leibovitz, Patti Smith with her children, Jackson and Jesse, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, 1996
Annie Leibovitz, William S. Burroughs in his garage, Lawrence, Kansas, 1995
Annie Leibovitz, William S. Burroughs in his garage, Lawrence, Kansas, 1995
Annie Leibovitz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tejon Ranch, Lebec, California, 1997
Annie Leibovitz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tejon Ranch, Lebec, California, 1997
Annie Leibovitz, Nelson Mandela, Soweto, 1990
Annie Leibovitz, Nelson Mandela, Soweto, 1990
Annie Leibovitz, Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, 1992
Annie Leibovitz, Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, 1992
Annie Leibovitz, Lauren Hutton, 1981
Annie Leibovitz, Lauren Hutton, 1981
Annie Leibovitz, Brad Pitt, Las Vegas, 1994
Annie Leibovitz, Brad Pitt, Las Vegas, 1994
Annie Leibovitz, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon
Annie Leibovitz, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon
Annie Leibovitz, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, 1994
Annie Leibovitz, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, 1994
Annie Leibovitz, Bob Dylan, c. 1970
Annie Leibovitz, Bob Dylan, c. 1970
Annie Leibovitz, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, 1980
Annie Leibovitz, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, 1980
Annie Leibovitz, Christo, NY, 1981
Annie Leibovitz, Christo, NY, 1981
Annie Leibovitz, Blues Brothers, 1979
Annie Leibovitz, Blues Brothers, 1979
Annie Leibovitz, Keith Haring, 1986
Annie Leibovitz, Keith Haring, 1986
Annie Leibovitz, John Lennon, 1980
Annie Leibovitz, John Lennon, 1980
Annie Leibovitz, Keith Richards
Annie Leibovitz, Keith Richards
Annie Leibovitz, Cameron Diaz, 2003
Annie Leibovitz, Cameron Diaz, 2003
Annie Leibovitz, Christina Ricci, 1997
Annie Leibovitz, Christina Ricci, 1997
Annie Leibovitz, Steven Spielberg, 1994
Annie Leibovitz, Steven Spielberg, 1994
Annie Leibovitz, Angelina Jolie with her son Maddox, 2005
Annie Leibovitz, Angelina Jolie with her son Maddox, 2005
Annie Leibovitz, Harrison Ford, 2000
Annie Leibovitz, Harrison Ford, 2000
Annie Leibovitz, Whoopi Goldberg, 1984
Annie Leibovitz, Whoopi Goldberg, 1984
Annie Leibovitz, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, 1995
Annie Leibovitz, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, 1995
Annie Leibovitz, Martina Navratilova, Dallas, 1994
Annie Leibovitz, Martina Navratilova, Dallas, 1994
Annie Leibovitz, Leigh Bowery, Vandam Street studio, New York, 1993
Annie Leibovitz, Leigh Bowery, Vandam Street studio, New York, 1993
Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Sherman, 1992
Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Sherman, 1992
Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Crawford, Brookville, New York, 1993
Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Crawford, Brookville, New York, 1993
Annie Leibovitz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Malibu, California, 1988
Annie Leibovitz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Malibu, California, 1988
Annie Leibovitz by Susan Sontag, Hotel Gritti Palace, Venice, December 1994
Annie Leibovitz by Susan Sontag, Hotel Gritti Palace, Venice, December 1994
Annie Leibovitz, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rob Besserer, Cumberland Island, Georgia, 1990
Annie Leibovitz, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rob Besserer, Cumberland Island, Georgia, 1990
Annie Leibovitz, Kate Moss, 1999
Annie Leibovitz, Kate Moss, 1999
Annie Leibovitz, Leonardo DiCaprio & Knüt the Polar Bear, 2007
Annie Leibovitz, Leonardo DiCaprio & Knüt the Polar Bear, 2007
Annie Leibovitz, Yoko Ono & John Lennon, 1980
Annie Leibovitz, Yoko Ono & John Lennon, 1980
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