Willie Nelson, Luck Ranch, Texas, 2001
Annie Leibovitz is widely admired for her portraits of celebrities which have been appearing on major magazine covers for nearly 30 years. Her name is associated in particular with the legendary beginnings of Rolling Stone magazine, whose staff she joined while still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, and with Vanity Fair. In addition to her magazine work, Leibovitz has accepted many commissions. She has produced prize-winning advertising campaigns for American Express and The Gap and was appointed the official portrait photographer for the World Cup Games in Mexico in 1985.
Ms. Leibovitz is a recipient of the American Society of Magazine Photographer’s awards for Best Photograph and Photographer of the Year, and of the International Center of Photography Photographer of the Year Award. With her first museum show in 1991, Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970 – 1990, Leibovitz became the first woman ever to be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. The show traveled internationally through 1997.