Thursday, August 27, 2015

On the Cover of the Rolling Stone

John Lennon and Yoko Ono by Annie Leibovitz
John Lennon and Yoko Ono by Annie Leibovitz
In the 1970s, the best way to wind up on the cover of Rolling Stone was to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Strongly influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Richard Avedon, Leibovitz developed her unique portrait style as the chief photographer for Rolling Stone for 10 years followed by a position at Vanity Fair and numerous personal and commercial projects.

In a body of work filled with famous iconic images, one of the most iconic was the last picture ever captured of John Lennon with Yoko Ono only hours before his assassination in New York.


Self portrait by Annie Leibovitz The Blues Brothers as captured by Annie Leibovitz
Self portrait by Annie Leibovitz
The Blues Brothers as captured by Annie Leibovitz
The Blues Brothers as captured by Annie Leibovitz
Leibovitz is a master at finding unique poses, sets or situations than bring out the individual character of her subjects. She usually meets with her subjects a day or more before the photography session to find out first hand what makes them who they are and what they care about. That insight gives her work an feeling of intimacy that sets her apart from other portrait photographers.

Some of her most interesting recent work includes celebrity portraits as characters from Disney classics, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.

Which Wizard of Oz character would you like to be?

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Leibovitz captures Keira Knightley as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz