Rolling stones annie leibovitz photography
Annie Leibovitz: Photographs by Annie LeibovitzThere is something about Annie Leibovitz that inspires people to reveal themselves...The Leibovitz touch is witty, humane, affectionately mocking. Here is arresting proof of the way Annie Leibovitz has revitalized the portrait... - The New York Times Book Review.
Until I did put my hands on a photobook by Annie Leibovitz I was somewhat hesitant to call her more than a celebrity/fashion photographer, regardless of how talented she is. Now, I see that I was so childish and ignorant in my assumption.
One of the things that makes Leibovitzs photographs great, to stand out, is that these musicians, actors, designers or models - artist mainly - are almost seen laid bare, with no guard or shield as Annie said at one point in her Masterclass. Therefore, these famous and succesful people appear vulnerable, happy or sad, they are more authentically represented, they can be themselves, without trying to put on a persona, a good show, to entertain and entertain...
The contrasts and aesthetics of some of the photos are really something, like Woody Allen standing in a pink environment or Muhammad Ali being dressed in black and laying on these red stairs. Every photograph of Annie tells a story, a way to see or present people, feelings.
I cant tell that this photographer or this writer/actor/musician is the greatest - because I would ignore the diversity and nuances of the others - but Leibovitz surely is among the greatest photographers of all time and its an absolute pleasure to see her creativity at work and without sounding sexist, being a very succesful female photographer, she surely teached a lot of male photographers a lesson ha ha. And keeps inspiring everyone in her path.
P.S.: At the end of the book I had the thrill to read an interview with Leibovitz in which she tells a really interesting story about how she photographed the famous Cartier-Bresson. Also on the back cover a photo is taken of Annie by Robert Mapplethorpe. There you have it, three of the most special and outstanding photographers in one place.
How Annie Leibovitz drew star power from the Rolling Stones
Her signature style is crisp and well lighted. Her style is characterized by carefully staged settings, superb lighting, and use of vivid colour. Among her iconic images is a picture of John Lennon , who is nude and wrapped like a fetus around his fully clothed wife, Yoko Ono. Annie Leibovitz produced many photographs for publications such as Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair and for commercial clients such as Honda , Disney , and Nike. After taking a night class in photography , however, she quickly became engrossed in that medium.
A nnie Leibovitz is standing by a photograph she took of Pont Neuf in Paris. One day, with a thrill, she realised she was standing where her idol, Henri Cartier-Bresson , once stood to take his own ghostly grey picture of the Seine crossing. The notoriously camera-shy Frenchman glares into her lens. But it was her pictures of celebrities that really made her name: the cover shots for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue that included a topless Miley Cyrus at the age of 15 and a pregnant Demi Moore wearing only a carat diamond ring. These two iconic shots prefigure her more recent shot of Serena Williams , nude and pregnant. It is these images that have made Leibovitz that rare thing: a celebrity photographer.
In the early s, the young photographer attempted to shoot the band in a gold Cadillac — borrowed from the movie star Tuesday Weld — only for Mick Jagger to nix the idea, after examining the automobile. I think he wanted me to come along because I was young and might liven things up. Annie Leibovitz, Brooklyn, New York, Despite having made her name in the rock world, Leibovitz recalls finding concert work difficult. Plus you had to be prepared to be crushed by the audience. At the end of the concert they would invariably rush the stage, and if you were in front you had to be ready for that.
She is best known for her engaging portraits—particularly of celebrities—which often feature subjects in intimate settings and poses. She photographed John Lennon on the day he was murdered , and her work has been used on numerous album covers and magazines. She became the first woman to hold an exhibition at Washington's National Portrait Gallery in Her father was a lieutenant colonel in the U. Air Force. The family moved frequently with her father's duty assignments, and she took her first pictures when he was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War.