Annie Leibovitz

 

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Born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1949, Annie Leibovitz attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting and developed her gift in photography. Her career began in 1970 when she started working for the Rolling Stone magazine, eventually becoming the chief photographer.

Annie Leibovitz is most known for her portrait photography and editorial work, most recently for a multitude of Vanity Fair issues since the 80s, yet her work crosses over to fashion. However, her career began as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine, which she eventually became chief photographer for. She went on tour with The Rolling Stones in 1975, work for Vanity Fair in 1980, and launch Numérous exhibitions, beautiful coffeetable books, and collaborations since.

anne-leibovitz-joko-ono-y-johnJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono by Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone, 1980

Many of her images have a huge place in our culture today, including the December 8, 1980 image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. While working at the magazine, Annie Leibovitz made a fateful photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which expressed their loving relationship. Taken 5 hours before his death, it was the last professional photograph of John Lennon. After Rolling Stone, Annie Leibovitz worked for Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines.

1984 · Whoopi-Goldberg-Annie-LeibovitzWhoopi Goldberg by Annie Leibovitz, 1984

If you ever wondered who captures the genius of the finest people in the world – take a look at the work of the legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. John Lennon, Demi Moore, Johnny Depp, Adele, Michelle Obama, Jane Goodall, Lupita Nyong’o, the Kardashians, Barack Obama, are just a few of the many names that have been immortalized by her photo camera. Remember Whoopie Goldberg in a bath full of milk, Miley Cyrus and her controversial topless Vanity Fair cover and Queen Elizabeth II for her official Virginia state visit picture? Through the lens of Annie Leibovitz, we see our favourite celebrities in a new light.

michael-jackson-by-annie-leibovitzMichael Jackson by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, December 1989

You have to see it to believe it. The work of Annie Leibovitz is fascinating, imaginative and controversial; it portrays the famous like you’ve never seen them before. Annie Leibovitz doesn’t just take snapshots of superstars; she creates timeless portraits and works of art that pay tribute to each outstanding individual. The greatness of her work is in capturing the essence of personality.

VFDemi Moore bu Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, August 1991

Whether it’s the signature dance moves of Michael Jackson, or the environmental activist work of Leonardo di Caprio, Annie Leibowitz knows the unique angle from which to present any star. She admits that she never liked the word ‘celebrity’.

I’ve always been more interested in what they do than who they are. I hope my  photographs reflect that.

Annie Leibovitz

And they do. She has photographed some of the most exciting faces on the planet. Hollywood’s crème of the crop actors and Oscar winners, political leaders and history makers, supermodels and rock stars, Annie Leibovitz has seen it all, and her photographs are the records of these stories.

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Annie Leibovitz for Dunhill

…..Andrew Cooper by Annie Leibovitz for Dunhill ICON, May 2015

During her career, Annie Leibovitz photographed numerous celebrities, participated in advertising campaigns, and worked with arts organizations, while also exhibiting her photographs in the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries. She has received numerous awards including the Infinity Award in Applied Photography from the International Center of Photography and was recognized as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Annie Leibovitz is also a mother of three children and has written several books about her life and career.

channing-tatum-vanity-fair-august-2015-by-annie-leibovitz-03Channing Tatum by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, August 2015

angelina-jolie-by-annie-leibovitz-for-vogue-us-november-2015-1Angelina Jolie by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue US, November 2015

Known for a new style of lighting, bold colours and provocative poses, the work of Annie Leibovitz is breathtaking, thought-provoking and, at times, shocking. These masterpiece photographs tell stories, which redefine the meaning of celebrity. Stars are more than who they appear to be, they are groundbreaking, original achievers that have made a difference.

A Life Devoted to Supporting Charity

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in the sitcom ‘Mork & Mindy’ (1978–82), he went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting like some great classics: ‘Popeye’ (1980), ‘The World According to Garp’ (1982), ‘Goodmorning Vietnam’ (1987), Hook’ (1991), ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ (1993), ‘The Birdcage’ (1996), ‘Good Will Hunting’ (1997), ‘What Dreams May Come’ (1998), ‘Night at the Museum’ (2006) and a coúntless more…. He was known for his improvisational skills, on stage and on the set. But above all, he is remembered for his big heart….

Robin Williams photographed in 1999

More than just a comic genius, Robin Williams was also one of the world’s great humanitarians (Click photo to enlarfge)

Robin Williams supported also 28 different charities over the course of his life, using his fame and wealth to raise funds and his personality to boost morale.

In 1986, Williams teamed up with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal to found Comic Relief USA, an annual HBO television benefit devoted to the homeless, which has raised $80 million. Williams and his second wife Marsha founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many charities. In December 1999, he sang in French on the BBC inspired music video of international celebrities doing a cover of The Rolling Stones ‘Ít’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)’ for the charity Children’s Promise

Disaster relief was a high priority for Williams. In 2001 he took part in a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of 9/11. Years later, he donated all profits from his stand-up shows in New Zealand to help victims of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

In response to the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, he donated all proceeds of his “Weapons of Self Destruction” Christchurch performance to help rebuild the New Zealand city. Half the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross and half to the mayoral building fund

He toured the Middle East five times with the United Service Organizations (USO), where he would entertain the troops and their families with his infectious sense of humour.

Williams was renowned for his work with the St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By recording commercials and sending letters on its behalf, he helped to raise awareness and money for patients battling cancer. A spokesperson for the hospital claimed that the actor never once charged a fee for his services and devoted a lot of time to the children. Kelly Schulz of St Jude said: “Whenever he had an opportunity to meet patients and families he would do it. When you have a person of Robin’s calibre, it helps sick kids forget about their diseases for a while.”

As a close friend of Christopher Reeve, Williams famously supported the Christopher and Dana Reeve ‘Spinal Cord Injury Resourse Centre’. From the start he joined the board of directors and was honoured in 1998 with the Human Spirit Award. He was subsequently honoured again in 2007 and was often credited for a surge in support towards the foundation.

Reportedly, the actor faced financial difficultly in recent years and the current value of his estate is unknown. Regardless of this, his charitable work was still a going concern up to his death.

by Jean Amr