Annie Leibovitz is a Jewish-American celebrity photographer who was born in Connecticut in 1949 (age 61). Growing up her family moved often due to her father’s career in the Air Force. It was during a posting in the Philippines during Vietnam that Annie became involved with photography as a hobby in the bases dark room. For several years, Annie continued to develop her photography skills while working various jobs. In 1970, she started her career as a staff photographer, working for Rolling Stone magazine. She established herself while working for Rolling Stones Magazine from 1970-1983.
The Queen is pictured in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. This picture was taken for a documentary called A Year with the Queen. This is one of my favorite pictures Annie has taken because of the bronze colors, the Queens attire and the various royal furniture in the background. While Annie shot this photo the Queen lost her temper and stormed out of the photoshoot after Annie wanted to see her in a photo without her crown.
Annie photographed John Lennon and Yoko Ono in New York City, December 8, 1980. This was photographed hours before John Lennon was shot and killed by a fan outside of his apartment. Annie was the last person to photograph John Lennon. In 2005 it was named the best magazine cover from the past 40 years by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Annie shot this picture while Moore was seven months pregnant, intending to portray “anti-Hollywood, anti-glitz” attitude. The cover sparked an intense controversy for Vanity Fair and Moore. It was widely discussed on television, radio, and in newspaper articles.
Author: Abigayle Marks