Annie Leibovitz teaches Glamour Photography via Xpert

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About Annie Leibovitz

An American photographer, is the first woman photographer to hold an exhibition at Washington's National Portrait Gallery in 1991.

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  • What advice do you wish you could give your younger self?
  • How did you get involved with Rolling Stone?
  • You were going out on assignment for Rolling Stone pretty quickly. How did you feel?
  • Your father was a career Air Force officer. What did your family think about that first cover picture?
  • Who were your heroes?
  • Was it hard to leave Rolling Stone?
  • Did your work change after leaving Rolling Stone?
  • Who was your greatest role model?
  • You breach the worlds of art, fashion, photography, music and literature. Tell us more.
  • What was San Francisco like back then?
  • Is it important for you that your work is not just for an art audience, but builds bridges to a wider audience?
  • Is painting an inspiration for you?
  • Tell us about your book projects and their significance.
  • Tell us what you learnt from Susan Sontag.
  • Is there someone you’ve always wanted to photograph?
  • What’s the role of self-portrait in your work?
  • What role does chance play?
  • Are you shy?
  • Does having a camera put you in a different position?
  • Is the camera a sort of protection?
  • Generally we understand the portrait as the face of a man. But in your portraits it is much more often the body than the face. Tell us more.
  • Could you tell us something about the portrait of Josif Brodski?
  • Some of your pictures from the nineties are very dark, they look a bit like the low-key technique. Do you use a special kind of negative?
  • Have you ever met Diane Arbus?
  • What advice do you have for a young photographer who is just starting out?
  • What’s your favourite photograph?
  • Who’s the most difficult person you’ve ever photographed?
  • How many pictures do you take?
  • Are you happy with the move from film to digital?
  • How is photographing a celebrity different from photographing a regular person?
  • Where do you get your ideas?
  • When do you know you have a good picture?
  • How much direction do you give?
  • How do you set people at ease and get them to do the things that they do in your pictures?
  • Why do you continue to do celebrity portraits when many of them have their photographs plastered all over?

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