Annie Leibovitz’s rapport with her subjects and her genius for posing them in surprising ways has led to some of the most iconic pictures of the twentieth century and has shaped our vision of celebrities. Leibovitz studied photography in college and worked with an archeological team in Israel uncovering the remains of King Solomon’s Temple. Those photographs, along with one of Alan Ginsburg at a peace march, got her a job with Rolling Stone magazine, where she was named chief photographer in 1973, photographing rock and roll royalty for more than a decade before leaving Rolling Stone for Vanity Fair in 1983. She is known for her photographs of John Lennon curled naked around a fully clothed Yoko Ono, the Blues Brothers painted blue, Bruce Springsteen’s pose for the cover of Born in the USA, and the controversial nude photo of a pregnant Demi Moore. She was selected as Photographer of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Photographers in 1984, and in 1991, she became the second living photographer featured by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
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