Born October 2nd 1949 in the US to a mother that danced and a father that was a lieutenant colonel in the US air force, Leibovitz began her journey taking photos around the military base and nearby locals when her father was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War However, Leibovitz’s passion was born from her mother’s love for dance, music, and painting. In high school she followed her mothers footsteps and began to write and play music.
Later she attended the San Francisco art institute studying painting however that changed when she was inspired by Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leibovitz switched to photography and developed her skills while working different jobs.
In 1970 Leibovitz became a staff photographer working for the rolling stones magazine, In 1973 she was named the Chief photographer for the magazine and held this title for 10 years.
Leibovitz had photographed Yoko Ono and John Lennon only five hours before he was shot and murdered.
…’You’ve captured our relationship exactly. Promise me it’ll be on the cover.’ I looked him in the eye and we shook on it.”
A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.– Annie Leibovitz.
Annie Leibovitz prefers Digital work as “Digital gives a more honest view of how things actually look, and with the advent of all these possibilities, I still want the pictures to look real. Whatever camera helps me do that is the camera I’m going to use. I’m not nostalgic about cameras.”
She also plays music while she works “I use music when I shoot,” she says. “In the beginning it camouflaged my inability to talk to people. But the music on a shoot isn’t just background,” she goes on. “It raises the mood, sets the tone. The right music at the right time elevates the situation. Music can make or break a shoot.”
Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.– Annie Leibovitz.
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