ANNIE LEIBOVITZ BEGAN HER CAREER AS A PHOTOJOURNALIST FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE IN 1970, WHILE SHE WAS STILL A STUDENT AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE. IN 1983, SHE JOINED THE STAFF OF VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE, WHERE SHE DEVELOPED A LARGE BODY OF WORK—PORTRAITS OF ACTORS, DIRECTORS, WRITERS, MUSICIANS, ATHLETES, AND POLITICAL AND BUSINESS FIGURES—THAT EXPANDED HER COLLECTIVE PORTRAIT OF CONTEMPORARY LIFE.CURIOSITY ABOUT LIFE IN ALL ITS ASPECTS, I THINK, IS STILL THE SECRET OF GREAT CREATIVE PEOPLE.
Leibovitz is the recipient of many honors, including the International Center of Photography’s Lifetime Achievement Award, The American Society of Magazine Editors’ first Creative Excellence Award, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London. In 2006, she was decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the U.S. Library of Congress. She lives in New York.