Everybody has to start somewhere, even the greats. No one is really just thrust into greatness. It takes time, effort, and a lot of work. For photographer Annie Leibovitz, it took a job at a then-flourishing monthly magazine, risky photo assignments, and years of hard work before everything started falling into place.
Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years, 1970-1983 revisits the artist’s origins in print form. The extensive collection of material sheds light on Leibovitz’s transformation from painter to a photographer, from artist to celebrity, and documenter to part of the story. The book showcases photos, contact sheets, instants, and stories that backtracks Leibovitz’s development during a decade of exposure to the world she also helped define. Her photographs, like her, are larger-than-life. Not only was Annie a witness to political, music, and popular culture history, she was also part of it.
The 1970s was far from a silent decade. It was an upheaval of all sorts — with stints of political events like Vietnam War protests and Nixon scandals, pop culture was also rising as celebrities left and right like Debbie Harry, Mick Jagger, and Patti Smith took center stage. All of which were captured by Annie’s lens and published in the Rolling Stone Magazine where she started her career as a staff photographer. From there, she became a companion of the famous and the world slowly got to discover her iconic portrait style.
TASCHEN is slated to release a new edition of the book in October 2018 and it’s a supplement to the installation at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France. Writing instructor and history professor Luc Sante and Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner carefully curated the 180-page book to make sure it gives a faithful representation of Annie’s work.