Annie Leibovitz’s The Early Years, 1970-1983
Her photographic breakthrough and Rolling Stone reportage
For more than half a century, Annie Leibovitz has been taking culture-defining photographs. Her portraits of politicians, performers, athletes, businesspeople, and royalty make up a gallery of our time, imprinted on our collective consciousness in both the singularity of their subjects and Leibovitz’s own inimitable style.
Published in cooperation with the LUMA Foundation in Arles, Annie Leibovitz - The Early Years: 1970 - 1983. Archive Project #1 returns to Leibovitz’s origins. It begins with a moment of artistic revelation: the spontaneous shot that made Leibovitz first think she could be a photographer and transition from a painting to photography major at the San Francisco Institute of Art. Thereafter, the meticulously and personally curated collection, including contact sheets and Polaroids, provides a vivid document both of Leibovitz’s own development as a young artist and of a pivotal era.
First a contributor to, then Chief Photographer of, Rolling Stone Magazine, Leibovitz’s reportage-like photo stories record such heady political, cultural, and counter-cultural developments as the Vietnam War protests, the launch of Apollo 17, the presidential campaign of 1972, Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, and the Rolling Stones on tour in 1975. Then, as now, Leibovitz won the trust of the prominent and famous, and the book’s pages are animated by many familiar faces, among them Muhammad Ali, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ken Kesey, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Didion, Debbie Harry, as well as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, captured in their now iconic embrace just hours before Lennon was assassinated.
Throughout the book, the portraits and reportage intersperse with several images of cars, driving, and even a series on California traffic cops. In many ways, it’s a celebration of life on the road, the frenetic rhythms, the chance encounters, and the meditative opportunities it brings. And with its rich archival bent, it is also a tribute to journeying back, of revisiting an earlier time and an earlier Leibovitz, and being able to re-read her work with new nuance and depth.
“Some photos have become so iconic that many of us have forgotten who shot them... A reminder of the service Leibovitz has done for us in documenting so flawlessly the most important moments and people of the past three generations.”— Artnet.com, New York
Annie Leibovitz is considered one of the world’s best portrait photographers. She developed her trademark use of bold colors and poses at Rolling Stone, where she worked as chief photographer for ten years from 1973. In 1983, Leibovitz joined the staff at Vanity Fair, and in 1998 began regular work for Vogue. Her images have been exhibited around the world, including at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the International Center of Photography in New York, and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and is the recipient of many other honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography.
|Author||Annie Leibovitz, Luc Sante, Jann S. Wenner|
|Dimensions||cm 22,2 x 27,0|
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