We watched the second half of the Annie Leibovitz movie in class tonight. After working for Rolling Stone, Annie moved on and worked for Vanity Fair and Vogue Magazine. The film described the relationship that Leibovitz had with her close friend Susan Sontag, and many of the people interviewed i the film said they they complimented each other very well. Susan knew how to describe Annie’s work , she was the more verbal person, while Annie was the more Visual f the two.
It also talked about the deaths of her father and her friend Susan. It was a very somber part of the film and there were parts where Annie would break into tears. Photography is a way that Annie escapes from the sadness. The film included more amazinf images that Annie took. I have to admit that I wasn’t really aware of who Annie Leibovitz was, but now after watching this film, I can say that she is one the greatest photographers I have ever seen. I only hope to be as successful and happy with my career as Annie Leibovitz is.
Tonight in my Photojournalism class we watched Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens. It was a documentary about famous celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. You could name any famous person of the last 40 or so years and there is a pretty good chance that Leibovitz has photographed them before. Just doing a google search for her gives back some amazing results. I had no idea that some incredibly famous photos and magazine covers were shot by her. Every one from The Rolling Stones to the Bush Cabinet has been a subject of hers.
She says in the film that she was inspired by a book she read that revealed to her that she could travel the world, something that she had never really realized. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute and studied to become an Art Teacher. But she then figured out that to become an art teacher, you first had to become an artist. Leibovitz reminisces in the movie about her first camera and how her family was a big influence on her becoming a photographer. She had a big break when she visited Rolling Stone Magazine headquarters with a bag full of photos and met with the art director there. The rest was history as she went on to capture some of the magazines most famous covers.
It was also incredible to hear and see all celebrities and friends she had worked with, and what they had to say about her. One of the people interviewed said that of he could describe her in one word that the word would be “daring.” After watching the video it really makes you want to get out there and make a name for yourself, just like Annie Leibovitz has done.