”Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.” Annie Leibovitz
Text: Christina Desypri
Annie Leibovitz, one of the top photographers of our time, was born in 1949 in U.S. While she was walking the path of painting, she fell in love with photography. In 1970 she started working for the Rolling Stones magazine, while her portrait of John Lennon makes the cover. Five years later she became the official photographer of Rolling Stones. Vogue magazine was hiring her regularly to photograph a variety of subjects and in 1983 she left Rolling Stones for Vanity Fair. Leibovitz photographed celebrities for an international advertising campaign for American Express charge cards, winning her a Clio award in 1987.
In 1991, Leibovitz mounted an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. She was the second living portraitist and first woman to show there. In 2007, The Walt Disney Company hired her to do a series of photographs with celebrities in various roles and scenes for Disney Parks “Year of a Million Dreams” campaign. Leibovitz claims she never liked the word “celebrity”. “I’ve always been more interested in what they do than who they are, I hope that my photographs reflect that”. She tries to capture a little piece of each subjects personality in the photos.
Her latest work was for Vogue’s fashion editorial in January 2013.