25 Facts About Annie Leibovitz


Anna-Lou Annie Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer best known for her engaging portraits, particularly of celebrities, which often feature subjects in intimate settings and poses.

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Annie Leibovitz's passion for art was born out of her mother's engagement with dance, music, and painting.

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Annie Leibovitz attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting with the intention of becoming an art teacher.

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Annie Leibovitz's was inspired by the work of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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Many years Annie Leibovitz's camera of choice was a Mamiya RZ67.

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Annie Leibovitz worked for the magazine until 1983, and her intimate photographs of celebrities helped define the Rolling Stone look.

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Annie Leibovitz photographed the Rolling Stones in San Francisco in 1971 and 1972, and served as the concert-tour photographer for the Rolling Stones' Tour of the Americas '75.

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Annie Leibovitz's initially tried to get a picture with just Lennon alone, as Rolling Stone wanted, but Lennon insisted that both he and Yoko Ono be on the cover.

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Annie Leibovitz then tried to re-create something like the kissing scene from the couple's Double Fantasy album cover, a picture Annie Leibovitz loved.

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Annie Leibovitz's had John remove his clothes and curl up next to Yoko on the floor.

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Annie Leibovitz was the last person to professionally photograph Lennon?—?he was shot and killed five hours later.

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Annie Leibovitz photographed celebrities for an international advertising campaign for American Express charge cards, which won a Clio award in 1987.

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In 1991, Annie Leibovitz mounted an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Annie Leibovitz's was the second living portraitist and first woman to show there.

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That same year, Annie Leibovitz was made Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

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Also in 1991, Annie Leibovitz emulated Margaret Bourke-White's feat by mounting one of the eagle gargoyles on the 61st floor of the Chrysler Building in Manhattan, where she photographed the dancer David Parsons cavorting on another eagle gargoyle.

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In 2015, Annie Leibovitz was the principal photographer for the 2016 Pirelli calendar.

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In 2007, the BBC misrepresented Annie Leibovitz's portrait shooting of Queen Elizabeth II to take the Queen's official picture for her state visit to Virginia.

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In 2008, Annie Leibovitz choreographed a photoshoot featuring LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen that graced the cover of Vogue.

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Annie Leibovitz had a close relationship with writer and essayist Susan Sontag from 1989 until Sontag's death in 2004.

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In February 2009, Annie Leibovitz borrowed million, after having experienced financial challenges, putting up several houses as well as the rights to all of her photographs as collateral.

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Under the agreement, Annie Leibovitz retains control over her work and will be the "exclusive agent in the sale of her real property and copyrights".

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In March 2010, Colony Capital concluded a new financing and marketing agreement with Annie Leibovitz, paying off Art Capital and removing or reducing the risks to Annie Leibovitz of losing her artistic works and real estate.

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The following month, Brunswick Capital Partners sued Annie Leibovitz, claiming it was owed several hundred thousand dollars for helping her restructure her debt.

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In December 2012, Annie Leibovitz listed her West Village townhouse for sale at $33 million, stating she wanted to move closer to her daughter.

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