Born one of six children, Anna Lou Leibovitz probably never imagined herself as a modern day cultural icon, much like one of the subjects of her world famous photographs. She grew up in Connecticut to an Air Force Lieutenant father and a dance instructor mother. Annie eventually enrolled in at the San Francisco Art Institute to study painting and developed a love for photography.
After living briefly in Israel, Leibovitz returned to the States, applied for an up, and coming new rock and roll magazine “Rolling Stone”. She was offered a job as a staff photographer. At the age of 23, she was promoted to the position of chief photographer of the magazine. She left “Rolling Stone” after ten years and began working for “Vanity Fair” magazine. This magazine afforded her a wider range of subjects from presidents to teen heartthrobs. Some of her most controversial covers have often been celebrities. A very pregnant, very nude, Demi Moore portrait graced the cover in recent years.
In 1991, Leibovitz’s collection of over 200 color and black and white photographs where exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She was chosen as the official photographer of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA.
Annie Leibovitz is widely considered the best American portrait photographer. The Norton Museum of Art is fortunate to feature an exhibition featuring 39 iconic photographs from the photographer. The exhibit runs through June 9, 2013. Please visit www.norton.org for more information on this exhibition.
The Norton Museum of Art is located at 1451 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. Driving time from Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, or an oceanfront condominium Juno Beach, should not take more than 30 minutes via the Interstate. Take I-95 to exit 70 (Okeechobee Blvd.), east to Dixie Highway, turn right (south), travel ½ mile – museum on left. Enjoy!