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Photographer Annie Leibovitz

Updated on September 4, 2014

An American Icon

To me Annie Leibovitz is an American icon. I recently watched a documentary on OWN- Oprah's network and got to know her and her photography better. I love photography so of course I have an interest in talented photographers. To me there is an art, an ability to "see" that is present in great photographers. Annie Leibovitz has that ability to see and her photography is quite poignant.

She has photographed many famous people such as John Lennon with Yoko Ono, Meryl Streep, the Kennedys of whom she is shown photographing Maria Shriver and family in the documentary. She has a down to earth way about her while she also can penetrate human nature and see what others miss. She used to photograph for Rolling Stone magazine and now works for Voque and Vanity Fair. She recently released a new book called "Pilgrimage" which I was able to see her photograph some of in the documentary.

image from: wikipedia

"I sometimes find the surface interesting. To say that the mark of a good portrait is whether you get them or get the soul - I don't think this is possible all of the time."

– Annie Leibovitz

Seeing

In the movie "Avatar" they say I SEE YOU. This is what talented photographers have an ability to do: SEE. I love photography and about a year ago purchased my first DSLR camera and have taught myself to use it. I also have taken a class which I mention below that has been helpful. When I photograph I use my intuition and what I see, beyond what is there. Annie Leibovitz does this in her photography. I seem to understand intuitively perspective and angles and seeing something that I want to express in a photograph when I share it. I want to capture the beauty that is there to bring an expression to it, to infuse it with my vision. When I see this in photography I am transported by the photographs. Annie has that poignant way of capturing moments. She comes up with creative ideas such as putting Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub filled with warm milk so that her face, arms and legs were sticking out. I love her creativity!

Pilgrimage

I watched Annie go to some of the places that are in the book in the documentary on her I watched that was on OWN network. You can see some examples of photos in this book at Amazon.com. It contains homes of famous people, landscapes and more.

"Extraordinary images. When I leafed through Pilgrimage, I was astounded....I urge you to take a look at this remarkable and powerful book."

--Anna Wintour, Vogue

Pilgrimage is Leibovitz's thoughtful meditation on how she can sustain her creativity in the face of adversity and make the most of her remaining time on Earth.

-Maria Popova

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A Photographer's Life: - 1990-2005

This book has portraits of well-known figures–Johnny Cash, Nicole Kidman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Keith Richards, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, R2-D2, Patti Smith, Nelson Mandela, Jack Nicholson, and William Burroughs–appear alongside pictures of Leibovitz’s family and friends, reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early Nineties, and landscapes.

Annie Leibovitz - Photographs

I wanted to put a few of my photographs on her larger so you can see them closer up. There is so much beauty just outside in nature. This is a moment I captured.

Cricket on a Flower from a Flowering Tree - by me

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      Falha 2 years ago

      Wow!!Wonderful Pictures!You are Christian? because I'm chtiirsanI go to a Christian church here in Argentina, is BaptistIt's amazing meet people chtiirsan there.Well goodbye, blessings!Chau!

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      aaxiaa lm 3 years ago

      i saw the movie life through a lens and i regret seeing it, because knowing nothing about her except her name, her reputation and her work made her seem more unearthly.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being chosen as a Community Favorite. Happy new year!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      A lovely tribute to Annie Leibovitz and her work. Your photos are gorgeous, too!

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      Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

      Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Lovely and encouraging lens. Congrats

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      I had never heard of Annie Leibovitz before. Congrats on making the top 100!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      Returning to say congrats on making the Top 100 community Favorites list. I use the quote about the iPhone being a great camera all the time. In fact, the images on my Guacamole lens were taken with an iPhone. Come to think of it, all my recent images are taken with an iPhone.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I sure enjoyed reading and learning more about Photographer Annie Leibovitz and also seeing your beautiful photography. You are so very talented. Congrats on being in the Top 100 Community Favorites.

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I really love your Black Eyed Susans photo. Congrats on making the Community Favourites Top 100

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos. And Annie Leibovitz's work is remarkable.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your photographs are remarkable!

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Very nice, just got my Nikon D3100 :-)

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      wonderful photographer

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      privresearch 5 years ago

      I love all of her photographs. Exceptional artist. Great lens!

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      yes I remember a photo from Whoopi Goldberg lying nude in a bathtub full of milk. Wonderfull picture.

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      I had never heard of this talented photographer, but I enjoyed seeing her photographs, and reading your interesting tribute to her.

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      SofiaMann 5 years ago

      Beautiful. Thanks.

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      I love that she simply says that you can't always have the soul bending shot, but that doesn't make them any less interesting. Plus if every picture is amazing, with nothing else to compare, how would we know they aren't all mediocre. Annie has a wonderful mind! Nice Lens.

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      Alexandra Douglas 5 years ago from Florida

      WOW!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      She is an icon! I loved looking at all her work and reading your perspective.

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      ProfDrJuan 5 years ago

      great photo! creative lens..

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      eddgeorge lm 5 years ago

      Lol! I certainly agree iphone does a great job, especially when you don't have to carry additional equipment. The new iphone 4GS has an 8MP camera

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      This is a great tribute to A.L. Love that photo of Meryl Streep with her "mask."

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      RetiredRebel 5 years ago

      I like this lens. Is really well written :)

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      The World's Best!

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      Reginald Reid 5 years ago

      Great lens! As long as it's art to you---Nothing else matters.

      Keep snapping.............

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      presentsandgiftsgalore 5 years ago

      Great info on this phenomenal photog. Great lens

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      WorldVisionary3 5 years ago

      Love her work - she's absolutely an icon!

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Love her work. Good info. Very nice lens!

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      tcorbs 5 years ago

      Love the flower images! I've been learning how to paint flowers with Donna Dewberry instructional DVD's, and it's harder than it looks!

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      I also watched Annie Leibovitz documentary on OWN, she is an awesome photographer. I admire her work :) beautiful page about this American Icon

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      lovely and nice lens!!!

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      Banyantree LM 5 years ago

      very inspring article for me-- planning to change from a point and shoot camera to DSLR

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      Banyantree LM 5 years ago

      I am planning to upgrade from point and shoot cam.your article is very inspiring

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      nbrandt123 5 years ago

      I admire Annie! She's such an artisitc poet and photographer. An outstanding artist! Great lens!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      "Poet and photographer" says your bio... and both of those "seeing" qualities are certainly shown in this lovely tribute to a remarkable artist.

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love this lens...what a great tribute. Blessed. On this Thanksgiving Eve, I also want to thank you Patricia for your inspiration and support as a fellow squidoo photographer! mbg

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Her pictures are beautiful. Only someone so beautiful inside can take those. Great lens.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Lovely tribute lens for a great photographer!

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      Wendy Hughes 5 years ago from Charlotte

      If only I could have a life as fulfilling!

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      AlisonMeacham 5 years ago

      I am a big fan, particularly of her work for Disney of course. A very beautiful and informative lens. Squid Angel Blessings to you

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      Well, according to Annie L. I already use a good camera. The first iPhone did not produce the quality images that the iPhone 4 can. Even my iPhone 3G takes a decent photo and I use it all the time. "Tis a wonder.

      I like the images that Bonnie Bruno (aka seedplanter on Squidoo) creates and feature some of her photos on lenses that I have written.

      You have done an outstanding job writing about one of the world's greatest photographers.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens on a great photographer. Blessed by a travelling angel.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Annie Leibovitz has truly earned her iconic status. Her mind is her lens. Astonishing creativity. Appreciated this feature on an extraordinary photographer. It is very uplifting to see how you are also using your creativity to express beauty.

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      great page... and congrats on it being on the homepage :) â¥

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed my visit to your lens tonight, great woman and such pretty art, thank you for publishing this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your artistry in photography touches the soul like your poetry, another medium for your lovely expression....look out Annie Leibovitz! I saw Annie on the NBC morning show last week and when asked about her camera recommendations, she surprised the world be saying that for a point and shoot camera, she would choose the iPhone...guess Apple stock went up again! So, you could legitimately have a sales module for iPhone on...Annie said!

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      CatJGB 5 years ago

      Love Annie lebovitz, a great inspiration to me when I was studying photography.

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      SiochainGraSonas 5 years ago

      Great lens! l loved your photographs.

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      Bahrns 5 years ago

      Amazing lens! Amazing photos! No wonder you're lens hit homepage that easy. I love Annie too. She's very down to earth and her works are heaven!!!

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      Kelvinroger 5 years ago

      lovely pics

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      Kelvinroger 5 years ago

      lovely photos

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      timboylen 5 years ago

      She is a great photographer

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Lovely lens! You know I'm a fan of Leibovitz ;)

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      hamshi5433 5 years ago

      Dam you just published this lens and its already on the homepage! Beautiful work.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      great job on the lens and on your photos!

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      Yes, you have the gift of seeing too, Patricia. Thanks for creating this wonderful lens about Annie Liebowitz, a true legend in photography. Her new book sounds so interesting. And thanks so much for including my class here. I'm so glad you were a part of it.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures :)