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Annie Leibovitz is one of the most celebrated photographers of our time, whose work has appeared on magazine covers for more than twenty-five years. Beginning with her work for Rolling Stone Magazine and continuing to work with publications including Vanity Fair and Vogue, Leibovitz has established herself as an astute observer of American popular culture. Alongside her commercial magazine work, Leibovitz has been awarded many commission projects. In 1985, she was the official portrait photographer for the World Cup Games in Mexico, and in 1995, she created the official portfolio for the twenty-sixth Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She also documented the creation of the White Oak Dance Project for world-renowned dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov, and has worked with many arts organizations, including the American Ballet Theater and the Mark Morris Dance Company.
Leibovitz has published several books, including Women (Random House, 1999), a book of portraits with an essay by Susan Sontag; American Music (Random House, 2003), featuring portraits of American musicians with accompanying essays by musicians; and A Photographer’s Life: 1990-2005 (Random House, 2006), which accompanied an exhibition that traveled internationally. Her most recent project, Pilgrimage (Random House, 2011), documents personally meaningful places and objects.
Ms. Leibovitz received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the school in 1993.