Annie Liebovitz Commemorates 50 Years of Photography With Portrait Memoir

Annie Liebovitz spoke to Lois Reitzes about her life, career and recently released book.

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Annie Liebovitz has photographed just about every famous celebrity in the last 50 years. Her career began as a commercial photographer for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s.

She also contributed much of her work to Vanity Fair and Vogue. One of her most famous photographs was the Rolling Stone cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono laying down together.

It was Lennon’s final photograph before his death. Leibovitz was the first female to have a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She was also the first American to be summoned to make an official portrait of the Queen of England.

Leibovitz has comprised her favorite photographs into two publications: “Portraits: 2005 through 2016” and a reprinting of “At Work,” her collection from 2008.

She stopped by our studios while on her book tour to talk to Lois Reitzes about her career, life, and photography evolution.

This photo provided by Swann Auction Galleries shows John Lennon and Yoko Ono in December 1980 on the last day of Lennon’s life. (AP Photo/Swann Auction Galleries, Annie Liebovitz)