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born 1949

Annie Leibovitz aspired to be a painter when she first went to art school but instead found the passion that would become her vocation ~ photography. Getting her start at the fledgling Rolling Stone with rock's top musicians, Annie would become internationally famous for her gorgeous celebrity portraiture, including some of this century's most iconic + controversial shots.

As one of those rare artists who can shift easily between art galleries + ad campaigns, bestselling books + fashion magazines without being phased, the breadth + depth of Annie's work is profound. And, her continuing influence on her medium is unparalleled.

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her quotes

all quotes by Annie Leibovitz (12)

"One doesn't stop seeing. One doesn't stop framing. It doesn't turn off and turn on. It's on all the time."

From Annie Leibovitz: Life, and Death, Examined | october 2006

"Call us 'lovers.' I like 'lovers.' You know, 'lovers' sounds romantic . . . 'Partner' or 'companion.' It just sounds like two little old ladies."

Love, family, celebrity, grief -- Leibovitz puts her life on display in photo memoir | november 2006

"Having a studio is a little like having a fancy car. It doesn't help you take better pictures."

Annie Gets Her Shot | october 2008

"I learned at a very young age that what I did mattered."

TIME Magazine Interviews: Annie Leibovitz | november 2008

"When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them."

A Photographer's Life | january 2009

"You could take your camera and it would take you to places...I would do things with a camera I wouldn't do normally if I was just by myself...To me, it was a very social instrument."

Life through Annie's lens | november 2011

"If you do something for a long time, it only gets more interesting."

Life through Annie's lens | november 2011

"I don't know if I believe in the decisive moment any more. Life is filled with too many moments."

Life through Annie's lens | november 2011

"I have enough in front of me; I don't need to turn the camera around."

Life through Annie's lens | november 2011

"In this day and age of things moving so, so fast, we still long for things to stop, and we as a society love the still image. Every time there is some terrible or great moment, we remember the stills."

Annie Leibovitz on Getting the Shot - and the Future of Photography | june 2013

"If there's [a] secret that I have, it's that I'm not afraid to go back. I know that everyone thinks you can't go back, but you can."

Annie Leibovitz on Getting the Shot - and the Future of Photography | june 2013

"The idea that you're going to get the soul of the sitter in 15 minutes is garbage."

Annie Leibovitz on Getting the Shot - and the Future of Photography | june 2013
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curated with care by Alicia Williamson {september 2014}