Famous Photographer #2

Annie Leibovitz


She is mostly known for her portraits but she does has has done photojournalism as you can see by the bike. She has gone to war torn areas and followed well known people such as Hillary Clinton. She has done more than just portraits and photojournalism. 

Rolling Stones was her first big job when they were starting out. Her BF at the time was the one who pushed her to go and be one of their first photographers. She stayed with them for a while and to this day she still shoots for big companies. 

When digital cameras first came out she did not really adapt to it. She still shot film because of the fact that things could still happen with files. But she did like how the upgrades were for the technical side of things. But today she does mostly shoot digital photography.

She is very creative with her portraits and telling the persons story in a single frame as you can see on the side. There are many famous portraits done by Annie that tell the persons story and or character. 

When She was shooting for magazines she would have a full page spread, so as she was taking photos she thought about the center fold and not to have her subjects right in the middle.

How Annie and I are similar is that we pretty much are not with out our cameras. Photography helped her get out in the world and talk to people. ( Photography has 100% gotten me out of being shy and staying inside). The saying "it does not matter what gear or tools you have its how you use them" is something she and I can agree with. Learning how to use is better than buying new tools. She was also very big into BW in her early work.( as you know I am a big fan of BW) We both like the candid moment more than a posed moment.

"It didn't matter the subject was. What mattered was photography."  
" The camera gave you a license to go out alone into the world with a purpose"
"The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much."
“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” 

If you want to learn more about her. Here is her book and a documentary

A quick fun fact I almost met her in Hudson this year missed her by a few mins.