I much prefer books and movies that are biographical.
I love knowing about REAL people.
Earlier this week I watched an awesome documentary on the life of one of my favorite photographers, Annie Leibovitz. It was entitled, Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens.
What’s so astonishing about Annies’ body of work is that it encompasses such a wide variety of photography. From her raw black and white photos to her spectacular surreal images, she runs the gamut of visual delights.
She has shot for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines; capturing musicians, movie stars, and political figures.
Annie has a brilliant way of never compromising her own creative style as a true artist, yet at the same time is a highly successful commercial photographer.
You most definitely know a Annie Leibovitz photograph, because she puts her unique stamp on it.
All of the celebrities who were interviewed in this documentary, shared that Annie has the remarkable ability to capture the true essence of who they are. She has a way of knowing how to get that one perfect shot; exposing their souls.
“Between Annie and her subject is a transcendence. There is magic.”
She is notorious for being a perfectionist and demanding, yet everyone who has ever worked with her or been photographed by her said that it doesn’t come from a temperamental ego, but rather because she has clear vision of what the end result should be, and won’t stop until she gets it.
Being an OCD perfectionist myself, I can totally relate. Ironically, Annie Leibovitz and I share the same birthdate.
I would like to share some of Annies' work with you. I’ve selected a diversity of photographs, so you can get an idea of her amazing talent.
Life through a lens….
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*Note: To discover more of Annie Leibovitz, please go here.