Annie Leibovitz's Photography of Celebrities Essay examples

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It was not until a trip to Japan with her mother after her sophomore year of studying painting at the San Francisco Art Institute that Annie Leibovitz discovered her interest in taking photographs. In 1970 Leibovitz went to the founding editor of Rolling Stone, Jann Wenner, who was impressed by Leibovitz’s work. Leibovitz’s first assignment from Wenner was to shoot John Lennon. Leibovitz’s black-and-white portrait of Lennon was the cover of the January 21, 1971 issue. Ironically, Leibovitz would be the last person to capture her first celebrity subject. Two years later she made history by being named Rolling Stone’s first female chief photographer. Leibovitz’s intimate photographs of celebrities had a big part in defining the Rolling Stone …show more content…
During the late 1980s, Leibovitz started to work on a number of high-profile advertising campaigns for American Express, the Gap, and the Milk Board. Although photographing celebrities is what made her famous, Leibovitz shot everyone she knew. She thought of photographing someone as a way of getting to really know them. Leibovitz is noted for her use of bold colors and shocking poses but also has very well known black and white portraits. The picture of Brad Pitt to the left is a good example of the bold colors and interesting poses that made Leibovitz famous (however the pose is not nearly as perplexing as the poses in her some of her other pictures). The color is almost over powers the picture and Pitt’s pose allows your eyes to move through the picture from his face to his boots. This picture of Brad Pitt makes you feel as though you know him. It’s almost as if he just walked into the bedroom and plopped down on the bed with a sigh, compelling you to sit down next to him and ask him what’s wrong. Making you feel close to the subject is also another one of Leibovitz’s trademarks. In recent news, Leibovitz is being threatened with involuntary bankruptcy. Leibovitz was sued by B2Pro Lighting, which claimed she owed the company $392,036 for various reasons but a judge dismissed a portion of the suit however the company still claims to be owed $189,170. A lawyer for B2Pro has said that the company is thinking of filing involuntary bankruptcy against Leibovitz. A

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