Annie Leibovitz is a celebrated American photographer best known for her engaging celebrity portraiture. Adept at capturing her subject’s personality and inner life, her images capture intimate or staged moments that reveal the playful and expressive aspects of her sitters, as seen in her Disney Dream Portraits (2011). “I no longer believe that there is such a thing as objectivity,” she once said. “Everyone has a point of view. Some people call it style, but what we’re really talking about is the guts of a photograph. When you trust your point of view, that’s when you start taking pictures.” Born on October 2, 1949 in Waterbury, CT, the artist began working as a commercial photographer at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s, still regularly contributes to Vanity Fair and Vogue. She has cited both Richard Avedon and Henri-Cartier Bresson as influences on her work, as well as taking pictures during her family vacations as a child. Leibovitz famously captured the last image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono before his death in 1980. In 1991, she became the first woman ever to have a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Leibovitz authored and published the book Annie Leibovitz at Work, which dissects in detail how some of her most iconic images came to be. The artist’s photographs are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. Leibovitz currently lives and works in New York, NY.


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