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Rebecca Black
Period 8
Ms. Carney 
January 19th, 2017
Famous Photographer
Annie Leibovitz’s work spans across decades, from the time of John Lennon to Caitlyn Jenner’s public coming out on the cover of Vanity Fair. She was born October 2nd, 1949. She was born in Connecticut but attended high school in Maryland, where she began to be involved in the arts. As a young adult, she worked on an Israeli Kibbutz and later used photos she took there to apply to work at the Rolling Stone once she moved back to the U.S. She also had pictures of an anti war demonstration in Vietnam. This photo landed her on the cover, and she became employed by the magazine. At the same time, she was still in school. She claims she wasn’t particularly ambitious, but “just loved what photography was”. Her love propelled her upwards at the Rolling Stone, where she gained the title of Chief Photographer. 
Many famous Rolling Stone covers are works by Leibovitz. There, she developed her style and created what are arguably some of the most famous magazine covers. One is of a is of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the day of the musician’s death. This is a portrait of vulnerability: Ono is fully clothed, while Lennon is curled around her in the nude. Ono gazes off camera and Lennon has his eyes closed, his arm around her, the other laid as a contrast over her cascading hair. During the shoot, Ono had asked if she should removed her clothes as well, but Leibovitz vetoed the suggestion. Another photo from that era is the album cover of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors. The title is fitting, as Leibovitz’s style developed during this time to include bright, primary colors and unusual poses. 
In 1983, Leibovitz left Rolling Stone and began to work for Vanity Fair. There, she continued to shoot celebrities. Her subjects there include Whoopi Goldberg,  Sylvester Stallone, and eventually Caitlyn Jenner. Her shoots were known to be expensive. This time overlaps with that spent on advertising campaigns; her work with American Express won her a Clio Award in 1987. She later became the first female photographer to be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 1991. In the 1996 Summer Olympics she was the official photographer. Her partner, Susan Sontag, passed away in 2004, and soon after than her father passed away as well. The 2000s also served as a time for the birth of her three children. 2009, though, brought financial troubles, when her over budget shoots came back to bite her. She began to take loans and sell several houses. Leibovitz continues to work to this day, and released a calendar with Pirelli, which focused on powerful women. 

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