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Annie Leibovitz

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PhotoUtopia Intro: I have always loved the work by the young Annie Leibovitz, when she jumped on the Rolling Stones tour bus and produced one of the grittiest, most insightful portraits of life on the road. These images are raw, uncompromising and show us the hearts and souls of her subjects. There after she continues to make headline with work such as the pregnant shot of Demi Moore - which created a genre in itself, but for me her current work falls between David LaChapelle and Tim Walker, but has none of their originality. The Disney images seem obvious without subversion or innovation; that is not to say they are not polished and they fulfil their role of flattering both subjects and corporation .

Wikipedia*Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz (b. October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer.
Rolling Stone magazine

When Leibovitz returned to the United States in 1970, she started her career as staff photographer, working for the just launched Rolling Stone magazine. In 1973, publisher Jann Wenner named Leibovitz chief photographer of Rolling Stone, a job she would hold for 10 years. Leibovitz worked for the magazine until 1983, and her intimate photographs of celebrities helped define the Rolling Stone look.[3] While working for "Rolling Stone", Leibovitz became more aware of the other magazines. Richard Avedon's portraits were an important and powerful example in her life. She learned that you can work for magazines and still do your own personal work, which for her was the most important thing. It is much more intimate and tells a story for her as she works with people who love her and who will "Open their hearts and souls and lives to you."

Photographers such as Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson influenced her during her time at the San Francisco Art Institute. "Their style of personal reportage - taken in a graphic way - was what we were taught to emulate."

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Other site: http://www.npg.org.uk:8080/annieleibovitz/index.htm
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