Annie Leibovitz: Uncover the Records of the Most Famous Photographer in The World

By Jake Schroeder

Art is always the most attractive thing for many people. Annie Leibovitz is not an exception. Maryland is where this plain girl was born.  She has grown up with a big passion for Art. She gradually asserts herself in the great world of photography. Rolling Stone Magazine is where she begins her career.  Annie has first known as a famous photographer at this in absolutely one decade.

Annie Leibovitz: Uncover the Records of the Most Famous Photographer in The World
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Annie Leibovitz decided to follow the unique style by taking photos of celebrities. She often takes pictures of many famous people such as the king of pop- Michael Jackson, Meryl Streep, John Lennon and so on. Are you looking for some more interesting things in her life and career? Keep calm and follow this article now!

A Daring Start

Nothing is easy at the beginning. Growing up in a small Connecticut city and a big family with eight people, Annie’s life is so hard. Because of her father’s career, her family has to move from place to place. The U.S Air Force may be her memorable image.

A Daring Start
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Annie and her family used to live in the Philippines through the Vietnam war. At that time, she first began her passion for photography by taking photos of military bases and people here. When she went to college, this passion delayed for some reason.

Realize her big passion and keep going on

After going to high school in Maryland, this strong girl decided to study at the San Francisco Art Institute. This is an important decision on the way following her dream. For the first time, Painting is a compulsory subject she has to study. But this subject is changed soon as she couldn’t study it without feelings. 

Realize her big passion and keep going on
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Nothing can make a talented artist staying at a place for so long. Annie soon began to study research for something new. She decided to spend time on crucial skills focusing on camera work. Most of her young life was spent on working in Israel and Amir.

Have a “big bang” in her career

After a long time practicing her skills, Annie decided to come back to the US. She worked as a real photographer then. All of what she learned was shown up at the time she applied to Rolling Stone Magazine. After that, she used her skill as serving her passion as working to earn money.

Have a “big bang” in her career
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Her talent is not difficult to realize so Rolling Stone Magazine never wanted to miss that chance. Leibovitz was a well-known photographer and many fames in photography.  She played a big role in setting up the Rolling Stone style. Also, at that time, her reputation is spread so far. 

John Lennon - Yoko Ono

The most famous image in Annie Leibovitz’s career is the shots of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This photo is chosen to be the cover of Rolling Stone and is published on December 8,1980. At that time, Leibovitz was the main photographer of this magazine. She shared that she had to wait and “take every second” at Lennon’s apartment to have this picture.

John Lennon -Yoko Ono
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Once this photo was taken, she knew that it would be a hit. But she never imagines that this photo is more important and popular that it was. This photo has a big impact because this is the last time the public can see John Lennon. He died after a creepy assassination the same day.

Pulp Fiction

Not many young people realize the film Pulp Fiction- a famous film by Quentin Tarantino and a big hit in the 1990s. The movie is hard to complete.  It can be said that is was received more fames than other independent films. With a big success like that, it always attracts photographers to take memorable photos with the cast.

Pulp Fiction
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Annie Leibovitz couldn’t miss that chance; she immediately released a perfect photo with the cast in the movie. This cast had a wonderful pose with a good formation. This amazing photograph is used in many discussions about this “big hit in 1990s”.  

Caitlyn Jenner

Nothing is too late to begin. Caitlyn Jenner is an example of that sentence. She decided to have a big transition from Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner. This well-known Olympic athlete made a big hit to his fans. And of course, Caitlyn Jenner’s new appearance appeared perfectly under the skill of Annie Leibovitz.

Caitlyn Jenner
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On the Vanity Fair cover, Caitlyn Jenner appeared wonderfully and she was so gorgeous. In this 2015 magazine, there are lots of photographs of this beautiful girl. And of course, all of these were taken by the talented photographer - Annie Leibovitz. So, we can’t ignore the best skill of Annie through these sensitive shots. 

Salman Hayek

Artist Frida Kalho is the most important role that brought the fame of Salman Hayek going further. Her well acts and good skills made a big reputation for this 2002 movie. So, with these successes, Hayek can easily appear on the cover of Vogue.

Salman Hayek
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She reappeared Frida perfectly with the make up and costume. Moreover, she also done her hair and put a monkey on her shoulder. Leibovitz took a beautiful photo for Salman. At this time, the reputation of Leibovitz is also big. All the models and celebs often feel lucky while having a chance to work with her.   

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve is a famous gorgeous French actress and best model these days. She has worked with Leibovitz to release a photograph for a product of LV in 2018. These shots are taken in on a smoky background with a long train behind.

Catherine Deneuve
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After this famous photo, more and more hot brands co-operate with Leibovitz to take pictures for their advertises. They shared that this talented photographer can easily know their aim and the emotion of the products. So, with the help of her, their brands can be known more. 

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is one of the partners in Leibovitz’s photo shoot. She is a famous actress and comedian. This photo of Goldberg has brought many funs to fans. Moreover, this fancy photo was also appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1984. This cover has an amazing title “Making Whoopi”. 

Whoopi Goldberg
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The background of this photo is so impressive. It was covered with milk and Whoopi with a funny face. Goldberg shows her arms and legs out of the tub. She looks so relaxing and joyful. Enjoying good moment in a bathtub full of milk sounds impossible. But with Leibovitz, everything can be possible and amazing.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen was a big idol of many generations in over decades. He is a well-known Rock singer. His reputation was not only known by old people, but be also known by young generations. Bruce is famous for his album Born in The U.S.A. And well, Leibovitz can’t miss that opportunity to co-operate with this knock-out singer.

Bruce Springsteen
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Don’t you know that the cover of his 1984 album was taken by Annie Leibovitz.  The cover shows the strong and dynamic of a young man with blue jeans. It is more attractive with a white T-shirt and red cap. This idea is so perfectly showing the rock star’s image.

Johnny Depp

I believe that nobody doesn’t know the handsome actor Johnny Depp. He owned for himself many success and reputation on the big screen. Besides the famous film Pirates of the Caribbean, he used to act in some other famous films. It can be listed as Edward Scissorhands, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and so on.

Johnny Depp
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Depp is a photo model of Leibovitz many times. He is a familiar face of famous magazine as Vanity Fair. He also appears casually on Vanity Fair covers. Most of the Depp photos were loved by fans and the consumptions of them are too much. Leibovitz took many amazing and attractive photos for this talented actor. Moreover, no photos of Depp that taken by Leibovitz brought disappointed to public.

Demi Moore

Besides taking iconic photos, pregnancy photos are also an interesting aspect in Annie Leibovitz’s career. Dem Moore is one of the models choosing to take that type of photos in 1991. Leibovitz has shown the elegant and beauty of a seven-month pregnant mother. Although DeMi Moore had to be nude all the shooting- time but the result she received was so wonderful.  

Demi Moore
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This photo had brought many discussions and arguments at that time. But above all, it reflected a new amazing aspect of photography. Moore wasn’t confident with she did, she acted and showed all the beauty of a mother. This photo had been on many mainstream media. It is also an impressive and amazing photo these days. 

The Obamas

Photographing A-list celebrities is a special thing and the dream of many photographers. But, taking photos of President is the most precious thing that all of them dream about. With the success and well-known reputation of Leibovitz, she was invited to take a picture for President Obama family.

The Obamas
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This is a memorable experience in her photograph career. She took a wonderful portrait of this happy family with full of members. They look so shine and happiness in this image. Moreover, she is also their photographer dream aren many other occasions. All of these show that Annie Leibovitz is a well-known artist with many reputations in the US.

Scarlett Johansson

Another interesting aspect of Leibovitz’s career is that she takes pictures for Disney. The cover of fairytale was showed perfectly under the best skill of her. She set up and made various beautiful portraits of many princesses. The list included Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Ariel the mermaid.

Scarlett Johansson
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With the help of Leibovitz, the actress who embody as these princess looks so stunning. Scarlett Johansson is chosen to be the Cinderella and she acted as if she was a real Cinderella. The image shows a memorable scene in Cinderella’s tale. Thanks to the creative and best skill of Leibovitz, all of Disney wants are pleased. She shows the best pictures of a princess that all children dream about.

The Queen of England

Leibovitz's career didn’t stop at taking photos of President family. It was also added an experience on capturing the Queen of England. You don’t believe that? Actually, it’s the truth. She took photos of royalty by her cameras. The result is so bright that the Queen totally pleased with what Leibovitz did.

The Queen of England
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This special photo appeared in Vanity Fair. Moreover, we also can see another picture showed the Queen in her castle. The Queen chose an attractive dress with her powerful gowns. With the light from the opening window, her beauty was showed clearly. The images seem to show everything of the Queen. Each time we enjoy it, it means the Queen of England is over there.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

As you knew that Annie Leibovitz worked with many celebrities and Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of them. She and this handsome singer has worked together more than one times. One of the well-known shoots of Arnold is lying next to Dolly Parton. This special photo showed both of the well- built men him lying in the bed with their strong and beefy body. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Both well-built men wearing a pair of underwear with two different color. They are as lying as enjoying their days in the bed.  Their skin was so tanned and their muscles looked so giant. Leibovitz set these famous men in one basic setting. But the impressing and attraction of that photo can make fans pleased. She shared that this photo is one of the most memorable pictures she made. 

Women: New Portraits

Leibovitz's work not only belong to the past, it still kept going up to the modern life. She decided to make a photograph series with the title “Women” in 1999. Susan Sontag is her partner in this shoot. Unluckily, the series couldn’t keep going on for many reasons. Until 2016, this series returned with a new name “Women: New Portraits”.

Women: New Portraits
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The special of this series is that it shows women from many social realms.  These social realms can be listed such as politics, entertainment, sports and activism. It also included many affected women such as Hillary Clinton, singer Adele, comedian and actress Amy Schumer and other famous women. When this series continues, her career still goes on. 

Gloria Steinnem Approved

Gloria Steinem is known as a well-known journalist. She used to speak at "Women: New Portraits" exhibition opening. If you had a chance to join that displaying, you would know your value. Also, in this opening, this journalist said about her thought of the importance of this series. She also shared the support of the strength and beauty of women should be show through photography.

Gloria Steinnem Approved
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"Women: New Portraits" is a mix of various specialties. This series was not normal photos. It is the special one which show the position and value of a women. Each time you watch these photo, you will be inspired by the main model in the picture.

Serena Williams

Pregancy photos is not a stranger to Annie Leibovitz. She used to make an impressive photo with Serena Williams. Williams is set in a basic and gray background. The aim of Leibovitz was showing the athlete's strong dark skin and muscles. This idea can help to show all strength of the athlete.

Serena Williams
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Leibovitz and Williams has worked together in many times. This talented photographer also shot Williams in black underwear with many unique poses. This shot is so strange but special and not the same as other pregnancy shoot before. 

Meryl Streep

A-list celebrity clients are always the interesting of this famous photographer. Well known actress Meryl Streep is one of them. Leibovitz and Mery has worked with each other for many shots. They met in various occasions. Rolling Stone needed a cover and this is the reason this special photo was captured in 1981.

Meryl Streep
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This unique photograph had brought many fames to Leibovitz and made a social trend. A big number of fans decided to take photo the same style as their idol. They make their face with white color and make their face pulled to take picture. This trend really made the reputation of Leibovitz gone so far.

Lance Armstrong

Mainstream fame is always the biggest wants of many acclaimed athletes. Lance Armstrong under the help of Leibovitz gained this want. He won a wonderful winning in the world of cycling in 1999.  Because of that, he deserved to appear in Vanity Fair.

Lance Armstrong
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Leibovitz had a good idea to put him in an outside park. She really made people admired with her unique idea. She took Armstrong completely naked riding his bike. This photo totally cracked any limits.

Eileen Collins

Strong women are the character that Annie Leibovitz admire most. She always accepts and grab the chance to take photos for them. Women especially who works for the future and incredible things are worthy to be known by the public. For that reason, this talented photographer decided to capture Eileen Collins.

Eileen Collins
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Eileen Collins is a strong and great woman. She has passed many difficulties to become a pilot for NASA. She is not only the first female pilot but also s commander of NASA. So, taking a photo of this great women will inspire a lot for younger women everywhere. Never dream is big enough to defeat you. 

Christo

Christo is known as one of the strangest photos of Annie Leibovitz. It was taken in 1981 and totally different from other photos she had captured before. As you have known that most of her pictures are clearly showed the beautiful face of one person, but this scene is different. 

Christo
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Her fellow artist Christo who often made unique art pieces by putting everything in fabric. Therefore, while working with Leibovitz, he decided to put himself in fabric, too. Everybody won’t see the artist and also can’t guess the appearance of him ever. 

Michael Jackson

The list of well-known celebrities taken by Leibovitz can’t stop with just some celebs. And of course, the king of pop Michael Jackson is also one of her clients. This wasn't the first time Leibovitz worked with Jackson. They have many occasion taking photos together.

Michael Jackson
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One of the most famous photos of Jackson taken by her is the cover of 1989 Vanity Fair. This photo showed Jackson dressed in a white shirt. The special of that shirt is the button-down that is open a half.  As if he is enjoying and dancing in the wind. 

Keith Richards

Louis Vuitton is a hot brand and in the campaign of its brand, they invited Keith Richards to be the model for them. And of course, the photo is taken by Annie Leibovitz. She took Richards perfectly with his unique personality. This campaign and ads had brought many fames to the rock singer and the brand. 

Keith Richards
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The band The Rolling Stones is the place where Keith belongs to. He was known as the icon of sex, rock & roll and drugs. These things are all exist in his body and he doesn’t want to cover it. He tries to show all of them in the shine of this photo.

Ellen DeGeneres

Taking photos for famous comedians seems so difficult with some photographers. With the model as Ellen DeGeneres and his energy, this activity seems more difficult. However, Annie Leibovitz completed attractive shots for this famous comedian in 1997. These photos are used in the American Portraiture Exhibit.

Ellen DeGeneres
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 DeGeneres appeared impressively with a bikini top. Another special of this photo is the comedian’s face painted in white color. She also keeps a cigarette in her mouth. With those who are familiar with the appearance of DeGeneres on the screen, this photo will make them surprise.

Sean Connery

Annie Leibovitz is good at showing the beauty of celebs on two sides of lights. In a Louis Vuitton campaign, she has a chance to co-operate with Sean Connery. Although this elegant actor is over 70 years old, he still keeps the young on his face. 

Sean Connery
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Connery was taken with his wet pants rolled up. He looked as if he follows the style of James Bond. The background of this photo looks so fresh and basic but the result is so impressive. The important thing in this photoshoot is that Leibovitz has to keep heavy equipment above the water.

Sting

In 1985, Leibovitz took a memorable photo for Sting who is one of the celebs in 1980s. Sting is the main singer and leads a famous band- The Police. Moreover, if you are a fan of him, you will realize his voice through many hit songs. They are Every Breath You Take or the ear-catching sounds in Roxanne. 

Sting
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You will find a special in the portrait of Sting’s photo because it’s not the same as other celebs. He stands in the center of the Flamingo dessert without clothes. He also put mood to make unique pieces of color on his body. This photo may have many meanings behind. No one can understand the real answer of these photos except Sting and his partner- Leibovitz. 

Where Is Annie Leibovitz Now?

Annie Leibovitz is not only a famous photographer, but she is also a successful mother. Her family always covers with happiness. She lived together with three lovely daughters. One of them was her biological child when she was 51. These two other daughters are from surrogate mother. 

Where Is Annie Leibovitz Now?
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A special thing about Leibovitz is that she doesn’t have any husbands. She is a unique woman so she doesn’t want to have anything in shape. Now she looks so busy with her happy family. New York is where she spends most of her life now. At the age of 70, we can’t see any difficulties of the old age at her. Her passion still keeps going on and she seems so pleased with all she had now.

Wonderful Legend

With a huge contribution to the world of Photography, Annie Leibovits deserves to be a living legend. Her passion and the journey completing her dream has spread all over the world. Her efforts to gain what she wants and made her name becoming famous is admired many young people.

Wonderful Legend
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As having good life as pursuing passion isn’t easy. But with Leibovitz, she done it very well and she is a woman who owns many interesting facts. With everything she passed and the story she shared, more and more people will chase after her footsteps. Not only taken photos for mega celebs, Annie Leibovitz also took her portrait to the wonderful world of art!