Friday, August 24, 2012

Annie Leibovitz

So this next artist is the one that has really hit me. She has been in my list of photographers to watch since I was in high school. Her use of light is extremely unreal and her portraits are different than others. However her portraits aren't what have inspired me this time around. I am more concerned with her newest series Pilgrimage. This series was one that reminded her of what she loves about photography. It wasn't a planned project, it was one that just kind of happened. She was traveling with her two daughters and she started off shooting pictures with a little point and shoot camera. They weren't pictures that had a purpose at first they were just ones that documented her trip. The thing about  these pictures that inspired me were that they were ones that were significant to her and no one else. They weren't planned or over thought. She didn't have a million assistants that were doing the work for her. As the trip went on the more passionate she became about this series. It ignited the fire she had for photography. The thing I absolutely love about this series is that it's simple. Each photograph is diverse and beautiful to look at. I also like that they are personal and carry an amount of significance to her alone.

Annie Leibovitz was born in 1949 in Waterbury, Connecticut. She enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute intent on studying painting. It was not until she traveled to Japan with her mother the summer after her sophomore year that she discovered her interest in taking photographs. When she returned to San Francisco that fall, she began taking night classes in photography. Time spent on a kibbutz in Israel allowed her to hone her skills further. In 1970 Leibovitz approached Jann Wenner, founding editor of Rolling Stone, which he’d recently launched and was operating out of San Francisco. Impressed with her portfolio, Wenner gave Leibovitz her first assignment: shoot John Lennon. Leibovitz’s black-and-white portrait of the shaggy-looking Beatle graced the cover of the January 21, 1971 issue. Two years later she was named Rolling Stone chief photographer.

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