Annie Leibovitz, a highly celebrated American portrait photographer born in 1949, is well-known for her characteristically witty and powerful photos of famous popular culture figures. For over 25 years, Leibovitz's work has appeared on the covers of magazines, such as Rolling Stone, Vogue and Vanity Fair. She sought to capture intimate moments with her subjects and developed her personal style of bold colors and unusual poses during the 1980s.
Leibovitz claims that she doesn't like the word "celebrity." She has said that she has a greater interest in what they do rather than who they are and hopes this is what her images reflect. Her stated intent has been to capture a little piece of her subjects' personalities in her photographs. A few of the famous people Leibovitz has photographed sometimes controversially include The Rolling Stones, George W. Bush, Nelson Mandela, Whoopi Goldberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Moore, Sting, Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus and Queen Elizabeth II. Liebovitz took the last photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono together, for a Rolling Stone magazine cover, on the day Lennon was murdered in New York City in December of 1980.
Leibovitz has also published several books and worked on special assignments, including influential advertising campaigns and photographic reportage during the siege of Sarajevo. In 1993, Leibovitz was awarded an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Art Institute.