Annie Leibovitz

Why Annie Leibovitz Is Wrong About the State of Photography

A reporter at the Cannes Lions Festival, surely seeking a quotable moment, asked Annie Leibovitz yesterday to describe the state of her profession. The resulting video is actually low on zingers, but even if you acknowledge her accomplishments and reputation (and set aside those stories about how, despite her reputation, she’s actually had a difficult time selling her work), there’s still ample reason to believe that Ms. Leibovitz no longer knows what she’s talking about. … Read More

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7 Artists Whose Airbnb Would Have Been Better Than Donald Judd’s

If you were enticed by the Airbnb ad for the late Donald Judd’s renovated former home and studio in Soho, prepare to be bummed. The ad was quickly taken down, and an artist in Detroit named Tyler Taylor has spoken with ARTINFO to announce that it had been a prankish work of institutional critique. In any case, given the city’s recent crackdown on shady short-term sublets, the Judd Foundation’s (ostensible) asking price of $2,000 a night would have probably been offset by a $1-5,000 fine. … Read More

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Personal Photographs by Annie Leibovitz, Without the Celebrities

In the height of her financial troubles, Annie Leibovitz took a six-hour drive and stood mesmerized by the water of Niagra Falls, with her three children. The world-famous celebrity photographer extraordinaire was facing millions in debt, her career was in danger, her credit card was just rejected, and her hotel room was given away. Yet, she felt revived. She had a list! No assignments. No Miley.

Leibovitz would go to Virginia Woolf’s house, her late partner Susan Sontag’s favorite. She would see Freud’s storied couch. She would find Emily Dickinson’s last surviving dress, Georgia O’Keeffe’s pastels, and the television Elvis shot a bullet through in 1970, hidden in a storage room at Graceland. With her kids, Leibovitz embarked on a road trip, shooting meaningful, personal, historical mementos with a digital camera. Triumphantly, her first ever all-digital exhibit has just opened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. See a few choice shots in our gallery and her book, Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Remember the nude sketch that Tony Bennett did of Lady Gaga for Vanity Fair per Annie Leibovitz’s suggestion? Well, it’s now up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Bennett’s Exploring The Arts. [via NME]

2. “I have heard that Lady Gaga… Read More

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Tony Bennett’s Nude Drawings of Lady Gaga Forthcoming in Vanity Fair

Lady Gaga’s much talked about Thanksgiving special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, was actually a pretty traditional, family-friendly affair, if the truth be told. In fact, probably the only remotely shocking moment was when the pop star announced that she had posed nude for her “Lady is a Tramp” partner Tony Bennett, at the… Read More

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Beautiful Photos of Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

Ever since we heard that Michelle Williams would be playing the lead role in the upcoming film My Week with Marilyn, we’ve been curious if she’d be able to do such an iconic figure justice. No disrespect to her acting chops intended — it can be difficult to embody characters who are so entrenched in pop culture without it coming off as caricature (see: David Bowie as Andy Warhol in Basquiat). If this Annie Leibovitz-shot feature in the October issue of Vogue is any indication, then at the very least Ms. Williams has nailed the aesthetics of the part.

“As soon as I finished the script, I knew that I wanted to do it, and then I spent six months trying to talk myself out of it,” she tells interviewer Adam Green. “But I always knew that I never really had a choice… I’ve started to believe that you get the piece of material that you were ready for.” Click through to check out the images, and let us know in the comments what you think of her take on Marilyn. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we discovered something known in the disaster relief business as the “Waffle House Index.” We found a few of the tidbits in Mental Floss’s roundup of 18 famous TV roles originally played by someone else totally shocking. We read about a city in Germany that recently… Read More

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Pic of the Day: Patti Smith and Johnny Depp’s Disney Dream

Over a month ago, we posted a gallery of images from Annie Leibovitz’s Disney Parks ad campaign. The photos substitute celebrities for Disney’s most famous cartoon characters, resulting in amusing portraits of Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Beyoncé as Alice in Wonderland. Little did we know that Leibovitz’s most… Read More

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Photo Gallery: Celebrities as Disney Characters

What if Olivia Wilde played the Evil Queen in Snow White? Can you picture Queen Latifah as Ursula? J.Lo as Princess Jasmine? In 2007, Disney launched an ad campaign for their parks, recreating classic animated scenes and characters with living and breathing Hollywood stars. Another group of celebrity ads came out in 2008, but since then we’ve seen nothing from the project – until now! Needless to say, this tickled the imaginations of all who once dreamed of live-action retellings of all their favorite Disney stories. Not that we desperately want to see Beyoncé play Alice in Wonderland or anything. Click through to see the newest batch of these Disney dream portraits shot by Annie Leibovitz, as well as some of the older models (check out even more here), and here’s hoping that one day these will all turn into amazing movies. … Read More

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