Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7:30pm
Annie Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. While studying painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, she took night classes in photography, and in 1970 she began doing work for Rolling Stone magazine. She became Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973. By the time she left the magazine, 10 years later, she had shot 142 covers. In 1983, she joined the staff at Vanity Fair, and in 1998 she also began working regularly for Vogue. Her books include Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, Photographs: Annie Leibovitz 1970–1990, Olympic Portraits, Women, American Music, A Photographer’s Life: 1990–2005, Annie Leibovitz at Work, Pilgrimage, and Annie Leibovitz, a limited-edition, over-sized volume published by Taschen in 2014. Exhibitions of her photographs have appeared at museums and galleries all over the world. 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, the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London, and the Wexner Prize. She has been decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.