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Annie Leibovitz Artist Profile

our presentation for "A Question of Beauty"....RU Governor's School Summer 2010

hayley coyle

on 11 February 2011

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Annie Leibovitz "The whole idea of a self portrait is strange. I'm so strongly linked to how I see through the camera that to get to the other side of it would be difficult. It would be as if I were taking a photograph in the dark"
~Annie Leibowitz By Hayley, Dani, Elizabeth and Margaret Disney The Artist Herself
"A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people." The end! Biography Photography War - Leibovitz attended the San Francisco Art Institute
- during her freshman year, she took a trip to Japan, where she bought her first real camera (a Minolta SRT) then proceeded to climb Mt. Fuji

- her first job as a photographer was shooting for Rolling Stone magazine

- starting her career, she was inspired by the influential photographers Henri-Carter-Bresson and Robert Frank

- in the early ‘70s, she toured with the rock group The Rolling Stones

- in the year 1970, she shot the infamous photo of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, taken mere hours before his death

- she experienced the shift from black and white to color photography while at Rolling Stone

- some of the most recognizable celebrities Leibovitz photographed during this time include Bette Midler, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Whoopi Goldberg

- in the 1980s, Leibovitz ventured into ad work for the first time, but it did not come as naturally to her

- work for the American Express and Gap
- in 1983, Leibovitz left Rolling Stone for Vanity Fair

- Leibovitz shot many series, including a dancer series, a performance artist series, an athlete series, a nude series, and of course countless portraits

- additionally, she shot a war series in Sarajevo in the 1990s and made a visit to war-torn Rwanda

- also in the ‘90s, Leibovitz covered the O.J. Simpson trial for The New Yorker

- In 1999, Leibovitz traveled to Paris to shoot couture collections for Vogue and soon began her captivating fashion photography work

- in recent years, Leibovitz has done shoots for the annual Hollywood issues of Vanity Fair, and photographed Queen Elizabeth when the monarch visited the United States "I didn't want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea that aging and older women are not beautiful." Discussion 1) Why do you think Annie Leibovitz takes such a broad range of photographs? (From pop to very compelling and serious)

2) Do you think that any one type of her photography is more compelling or beautiful than the others?

3) Does Annie capture what she sees, what she wants the audience to see or what is actually there?

4) Compare and contrast the purpose of Annie's Disney Dream photos and her war photos.

5) Do you agree with Annie's quote "There was nothing to do but record the evidence" ? Do photographers and journalists have a duty that extends beyond reporting?

6) Sometimes Annie's photos are shocking and even risque. Are these photographs necessary? Why or why not? “There is no mystery involved,” Leibovitz maintains. “It is work. But things happen all the time that are unexpected uncontrolled, unexplainable, even magical. The work prepares you for that moment.” Controversy Beauty Celebrities
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