Annie Leibovitz

Biography


1949 Born in Waterbury, Connecticut on October 2. One of six children, she spends her childhood living in many parts of the country as dictated by the career of her Air Force Colonel father.

1970 Begins taking photographs for Rolling Stone magazine while a student of painting and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.

1971 Receives a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.

1972 Officially become Rolling Stone\'s Chief Photographer.

1975 Commissioned by the Rolling Stones to document their concert tour.

1981 Commissioned to work on prototype of Vanity Fair magazine.

1983 Named first contributing photographer of Vanity Fair. First solo exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, which travels throughout the United States until for two years. Publishes first book, Annie Leibovitz Photographs (Pantheon). Wins the Grammy Award for \"Album Cover of the Year.\"

1984 Receives the American Society of Magazine Photographers Award for \"Photographer of the Year.\"

1985 At the invitation of the World Cup Federation, does a series of posters for the 1986 World Cup Games in Mexico — the first time a photographer is commissioned to create the Games\' official posters.

1986 Exhibits at the Arles Festival in France. Second solo show at the Sidney Janis Gallery, tours through 1989.

1987 Commissioned by American Express Company to create images for their \"Portraits\" advertising campaign. Wins Kelly, Clio and the Ad Age \"Campaign of the Decade\" awards for her work on the campaign. Is honored with the American Society of Magazine Photographers Award for \"Innovation in Photography.\"

1988 Commissioned by The Gap to create a series of black-and-white portraits for the \"Individual of Style\" advertising campaign.

1989 Commissioned by American Ballet Theater to do portraits of the Company for their 50th anniversary tour book. Receives the \"Infinity Award\" in Applied Photography from the International Center of Photography, New York.

1990 Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris invite her to document the creation of the White Oak Dance Project. The Mary Boone Gallery in New York commissions her to do a series of portraits of the artists featured in the Gallery. American Express \"Portraits\" advertising campaign is extended to France, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

1991 First museum exhibition \"Annie Leibovitz Photographs 1970-1990,\" organised by the International Center of Photography in conjunction with the Smithsonian\'s National Portrait Gallery, travels in the United States and Europe through 1993. Exhibits her photographs of the White Oak Dance Project at the James Danziger Gallery in New York. Publishes second book, Annie Leibovitz Photographs 1970-1990 (Harper Collins).

1992 Zoetrope, a short film directed by Annie Leibovitz premieres on PBA, the Public Broadcasting System, and features Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Two editions of the exhibition, Annie Leibovitz Photographs 1970-1990, begin to tour in North America and Europe, premiering in Munich, Germany and Phoenix, Arizona. Other cities on the first year of the travelling exhibition itinerary: Paris, Hamburg, and Madrid as well as Fort Lauderdale, Boston, Winston — Salem and Omaha in the U.S.

1993 Awarded an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Art Institute. Expands contracts with Condé Nast to include Vogue and Traveler. Photographs a series of portraits of people living with Aids for the San Francisco Aids Foundation. The Soros Foundation and Galerija Obala present the exhibition \"Annie Leibovitz Sarajevo Portraits\" at the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. The exhibition \"Annie Leibovitz Photographs 1970-1990\" travels to Amsterdam, Milan, Vienna, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Houston, Texas.

1994-96 The exhibition \"Annie Leibovitz Photographs 1970-1990\" continues to travel in
both North America and Europe. Throughout 1994 it is presented in London,
Edinburgh, Cardiff, as well as Montreal, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The exhibition
commences a tour of several cities in Japan, beginning in Tokyo, in May 1995.

1998 Publishes Women (Random House), a book of portraits of women. An accompanying exhibition of her portraits featured in the book opens at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C.

1998-1999 Leibovitz produces a series of 15 nude portraits of dancers, models, and
athletes which shows in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., and Miami. Exhibited at Shine Gallery May-June 2001.


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