is renown for her portraits of celebrities, political
figures, musicians, and athletes.
Born in Westport, Connecticut,
she received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the San
Francisco Art Institute in 1971. In 1969 she lived on
a kibbutz in Israel and participated in an archeological
dig at the site of King Solomon’s temple.
From 1970 to 1983 Leibovitz
worked as a freelance photographer and then the chief
photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. She served as
a concert-tour photographer for the Rolling Stones band
in 1975. She has been a contributing photographer for
Vanity Fair magazine since 1983, and in the early 1990s
she founded the Annie Leibovitz Studio in New York City.
Leibovitz has mounted a number of exhibitions that have
toured the United States and Europe. The National Portrait
Gallery in Washington D.C. honored her with a retrospective
that traveled the U.S., Europe and Asia. She has received
the Photographer of the Year Award and the Innovation
in Photography Award from the American Society of Magazine
Photographers, the Clio Award, the Campaign of the Decade
Award from Advertising Age magazine, and the Infinity
Award for applied photography from the International Center
Her work includes magazine,
fashion and advertising photography, and many of her portraits
of rock music celebrities have become signature images.
Her photo of a nude John Lennon on a bed with his wife
Yoko Ono was the last portrait of the great pop star before