Leibovitz’s Lens

“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed. “

Which perhaps is why Annie Leibovitz is known for her portraits of famous people rather than for landscapes. Leibovitz began her career at Rolling Stone in 1970 and later moved to Vanity Fair. Her famous subjects said they forgot about her camera, leaving her able to capture them in a different and striking way than they had been shown before. Also, Leibovitz said she always looked at the moments between the supposed photo ops — another reason for her success.

She’s known for the cover photo of a naked John Lennon wrapped around Yoko hours before he was killed, for placing Whoopi Goldberg in a milk bath, a young muscled Arnold Schwarzenegger, a naked and pregnant Demi Moore, presidents and everyday people. She’s pushing 60 and still traveling the world with her camera. As she said, “I still need the camera because it is the only reason anyone is talking to me. “

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