This also just in - a sneak preview of January's Vanity Fair cover featuring Tina Fey shot by Annie Leibovitz!
The thing about Annie Leibovitz that sets her apart from other "commercial photographers" is that she has set the bar higher in terms of aesthetic considerations in a commercial photograph; she, like every other "real" artist, has come across a signature look. 9 times out of 10 I can tell an Annie L. photo just by looking at it and not the caption. A DIFFICULT feat considering the amount of commercial shoots done every day. Fashion/commercial photogs have traditionally had an inferiority complex because what they do is not considered "real art." Even Richard Avedon had the same feeling. But Annie L need not worry. History will judge her well. She is the true chronicaler of our age and 100 years from now, when people want to know about our era, I am quite sure it will be via an Annie Leibovitz photo. Rock on, Annie!Raymond A.
Annie Leibovitz has done what most real artists do: create a signature look and take their genre (hers being celebrity portraiture) to another level. Annie's artistic lineage goes back to George Hurrell then takes a side journey through Avedon and Newman. In 100 years, when historians want to know more about the zeitgeist of late 20th and early 21st century America, I am sure they will study Annie's photos. Like her antecedents her voice is of the power and the glory...our most ardent desires.Raymond A.
I just finished reading the book 'How to Lose Friends and Alianate people' by Toby Young in which he chronicled his years working with Vanity Fair (Now, every time I see Vanity Fair, I think of that book). Yes, Annie Leibovitz has created a genre for herself.
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