Annie Leibovitz, originally known as Anna-Lou Leibovitz, was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S. She is an esteemed American photographer renowned for her distinctive and captivating portraits of numerous celebrities. Her style is characterized by its crispness and well-executed lighting.
In 1970, while still a student, she received her first commercial assignment from Rolling Stone magazine: photographing John Lennon. This opportunity marked the beginning of her relationship with the publication, and three years later, she became its chief photographer. Her focus shifted towards presenting the prominent figures of contemporary rock music in a unique and captivating manner.
In 1975, Leibovitz documented the Rolling Stones' six-month North American concert tour, capturing several widely recognized photographs of guitarist Keith Richards and lead singer Mick Jagger. Her exceptional work led to a 60-print exhibition in 1983 that toured Europe and the United States.
Expanding her collection, Leibovitz ventured into advertising photography in 1986 and secured notable clients such as Honda, American Express (for the "Portraits" campaign), and the Gap (for the "Individual of Style" campaign). Her American Express ad campaign featuring her photographs received the prestigious Clio Award for advertising excellence worldwide in 1987.
Annie Leibovitz's achievements were celebrated in the 2009 documentary film Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens. The film offers a captivating glimpse into the photographer's life and work.