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Annie Leibovitz

Anna-Lou (Annie) Leibovitz is widely regarded as the foremost celebrity photographer in the United States. For more than three decades, she has produced innovate portraits of musicians, artists, writers, actors, and dancers, drawing on her unique use of lighting, colors, and poses to capture the personalities and quirks of her famous subjects.

Leibovitz began her photography career while attending the San Francisco Art Institute, and by the age of 23 was chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. Her photographs for Rolling Stone over the next decade established Leibovitz's reputation as the master conveyor of pop culture. Her provocative images of John Lennon and Yoko Ono (including a photograph of Lennon taken just hours before his death) and her chronicle of The Rolling Stones' 1975 concert tour contributed to Leibovitz's worldwide fame.

In 1983, Leibovitz became feature portrait photographer for the magazine Vanity Fair. Expanding her range of subjects to include Hollywood figures and literary greats, Leibovitz has continued to surprise and shock with daring photos that reflect the cultural mood of the time. Her contributions to the world of art and culture were rewarded with an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in 1991 and various books. Leibovitz was also awarded a Clio Award (the highest honor in the advertising industry) for a 1986 American Express campaign featuring numerous celebrities. She has also worked on advertising campaigns for the Gap, Honda, and other companies.

A career centered on capturing the most personal sides of celebrities has turned Annie Leibovitz into a celebrity in her own right. Her name has become synonymous with pop culture and, of course, the art of photography.

Encyclopedia of World Biography