Annie Leibovitz , Vitreous painting on glass, 8 x 10”
Annie Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Her father was an officer in the Air Force and her childhood was spent on a
succession of military bases. She began her career as a photojournalist for
Rolling Stone in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art
Institute. Her pictures have appeared regularly on magazine covers ever
since. Leibovitz’s large and distinguished body of work encompasses some
of the most well-known portraits of our time.
Leibovitz’s first major assignment was for a cover story on John
Lennon. She became Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973, and by the
time she left the magazine, ten years later, she had shot one hundred and
forty-two covers and published photo essays on scores of stories, including
her memorable accounts of the resignation of Richard Nixon and of the 1975
Rolling Stones tour. In 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity
Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an
astute documentarian of the social landscape. At Vanity Fair, and later at
Vogue, she developed a large body of work—portraits of actors, directors,
writers, musicians, athletes, and political and business figures, as well as
fashion photographs—that expanded her collective portrait of
contemporary life. In addition to her editorial work, she has created several
influential advertising campaigns, including her award-winning portraits
for American Express and the Gap.