“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” American fashion and glamour photographer Annie Leibovitz once said. Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949 in Waterbury, Connecticut. The third of six children, she is a third-generation American whose grandparents were once Jewish immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe. Her mother was a modern dance instructor and her father was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. The family moved frequently with her father’s duty assignments, she took her first pictures when she was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. In high school, Annie became interested in various artistic endeavors, and began to write and play music. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she studied painting. Whereas she was also enrolled in a night photography course. For several years afterwards, Annie continued to develop her photography skills while working various jobs. Soon then she started her career as a staff photographer, landing a position for the just lunched Rolling Stone magazine in 1970. In 1973, Leibovitz was the chief photographer of the well done magazine, a job she would hold for ten years. She worked for the magazine up until 1983 until her imitate photographs of various celebrities helped define the Rolling Stone look. Richard Avedon’s photographs were an inspiration and a powerful example in her life. She now learned that you could work at a magazine company and still work with your own personal work which for Annie was the most important thing. It was much more intimate and told a story for her as she worked with people who loved her and who ‘opened their hearts and souls and lives to you.’ Considered one of America’s best living portrait photographers, Annie has captured the image-and the essence of scores of celebrities. The subjects she portrayed in her pictures ranged from poet Robert Penn Warren to actor Clint Eastwood....
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