October 15, 2018

Photographers I Admire: Annie Leibovitz

If you know anything about photography, you’ve probably heard the name Annie Leibovitz.┬áIf you don’t know anything about photography, I guarantee you’ve seen her work many times in your life!

Annie Leibovitz is one of my all time favorite photographers. Studying her work has helped me learn lighting and posing, and her beautiful photographs inspire me to this day!

Below are some of my favorite images of hers! (found via Google and Pinterest)

My Favorite Images by Annie Leibovitz

Today Annie’s known for her photographs created for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone Magazine. She wasn’t always this big, famous photographer though! In the late 60’s she was studying painting at San Fransisco Art Institute, and she took some night photo classes. Then in 1970 she she started creating work for Rolling Stone – which at the time was just starting as a smallish magazine. She later became a photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue.

What I love about Annie’s work is the masterful use of lighting! The highlights and shadows always serve a purpose to help create a mood and tell a story. Another thing I love about her work is the production. She has created many beautiful, simple portraits. But some of the most fun pieces of hers to look at are her huge production shoots! These involve gorgeous locations, and elaborate wardrobes and props. She did an entire series of fashion photographs based on Disney movies that are so fun and so whimsical!

If you’re interested in learning more about Annie, I’d recommend reading one of her biographies – Annie Leibovitz At Work. This book is amazing to read! Annie talks about how she started her career, and what it was like taking the photographs she’s so famous for. It’s fascinating to read about the behind the scenes of her work. You can buy the book on Amazon here!

I hope you liked reading the blog post today! There are so many talented photographers out there who I admire and look up to. It’s fun to share their work and talk about it together!

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photograph of Annie Leibovitz