Annie Leibovitz is by far one of the most celebrated and highly sought after photographers of our time. She specializes in celebrity photographs/portraits, but has done quite a few fashion industry campaigns, notably for Louis Vuitton.
Since her career started with her position as staff photographer at Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, she has worked with and for the best publications in the industry. Her covers for Vanity Fair and Vogue are absolutely legendary.
There’s no mistaking it, you know a Leibovitz photo when you see one, the set ups, the hues, and shadows, the naturalness of the subjects and the way everything fits in together organically. There is no one like her.
In honour of her birthday, we thought we would list our Top 5 favourite Annie Leibovitz photographs. We’re absolutely certain not everyone will agree with our choices, but we encourage you to share your picks in the comments section!
Here is our Top 5:
05. The White Stripes (2003)
We love this picture for two reasons, the first being that we love The White Stripes (and miss them dearly) the second is the awesome juxtaposition of a photographer like Annie and a band like TWS amidst the dark carnivalesque atmosphere of the photo. We think it stands out in Leibovitz catalogue.
04. Alice in Wonderland (2003)
This whole editorial is one of Vogue creative director Grace Coddington’s absolute favourite of her whole career. The Alice in Wonderland themed shoot, featuring a plethora of the fashion industry’s major designers as characters from the book and model Natalia Vodianova as Alice is magical, for lack of a better word. Only Annie could capture the essence of this timeless fairy tale so well.
03. John Lennon & Yoko Ono (1980)
The fact that this photo was taken 5 hours before John Lennon was murdered still gives us chills. Lennon told Leibovitz that this picture captured his and Ono’s relationship perfectly and he made her swear that it would make the cover of Rolling Stone. Boy did it ever! It’s one of the most iconic photographs of the late singer.
02. Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette (2006)
Dare we even say it? The Marie Antoinette Vogue editorial starring Kirsten Dunst is better than the Sofia Coppola movie it is promoting. We’ve never seen couture be photographed so beautifully before. If you haven’t seen the whole shoot, you MUST!
01. Demi Moore (1991)
Perhaps the most iconic photo Annie Leibovitz has ever taken. This Demi Moore Vanity Fair cover started the whole pregnant celebrities being photographed nude trend, but somehow, none of the imitators can capture the glamour and utter elegance of the original.
Here are a few more of our favourite Annie photographs that didn’t make the top 5:
Let us know your favourites!