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Annie Leibovitz life and career timeline

Born in 1949, Annie Leibovitz rose to fame as one of the most influential photographers in American history, capturing the cultural revolution at its peak. Photos she took during college while living on a kibbutz in Israel and working to uncover the remains of King Solomon’s Temple helped land her a job at Rolling Stone magazine, where she was quickly named chief photographer. Between photographing John Lennon and documenting the Rolling Stones’ 1975 concert tour, Liebovitz reinforced her reputation as the most prominent celebrity photographer of her generation. In 1983, she moved to Vanity Fair, where she strayed away from from rock stars and focused on other public figures such as the Dalai Lama. Leibovitz became the second living photographer to be featured in an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in 1991.

Below find a timeline of Leibovitz’s illustrious career in photography.

1949

Early life

Anna-lou Leibovitz born in Waterbury, Connecticut on October 2 to Marilyn and Samuel Leibovitz.

1949
1951

The family moves to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois after Samuel Leibovitz re-enlists in the military.

1951
1952

For the next decade, the Leibovitz family moves constantly, living in Connecticut, Ohio, Colorado, Mississippi, Alaska, Texas, and Maryland.

1952
1964

Attends Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

1964
1967

Education

After graduation, attends the San Francisco Art Institute.

1967
1968

Parents buy Leibovitz her first camera. Visits Japan. Returns to San Francisco Art Institute and takes a night class in photography. Changes her major from painting to photography.

1968
1969

Time in Israel

Lives on a kibbutz in Israel, where she works on a series of photographs on the subject of "the family" for a San Francisco Art Institute class.

1969
1970

First assignment for Rolling Stone

Begins working for Rolling Stone magazine in San Francisco. Her first assignment is Grace Slick. During first out-of-town assignment to New York City takes photo of John Lennon. The photo appears on the cover.

1970
1971

Receives a bachelor of fine arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute.

1971
1972

Relationship with the Rolling Stones

Rolling Stone sends her on tour with The Rolling Stones to take photographs for an article by Truman Capote.

1972
1973

Becomes Rolling Stone's chief photographer.

1973
1975

Commissioned by The Rolling Stones to document their American tour.

1975
1980

Hours before John Lennon is shot to death in New York City, Leibovitz takes photo of Lennon naked next to clothed Yoko Ono, which runs on the cover of Rolling Stone.

1980
1982

Career with Vanity Fair

The art director Bea Feitler asks Leibovitz to contribute to the prototype of the revived Vanity Fair magazine.

1982
1983

Begins working permanently for Vanity Fair. First book, "Annie Leibovitz: Photographs" (Pantheon/Rolling Stone Press) is published.

1983
1984

Named "Photographer of the Year" by the American Society of Magazine Photographers.

1984
1985

World Cup Games

Commissioned as the official portrait photographer for the World Cup Games in Mexico.

1985
1987

Commercial portraiture

Creates the popular "portraits" campaign for American Express, for which she wins the Clio Award and the Campaign of the Decade Award from Advertising Age magazine. 1990

1987
1991

"Photographs: Annie Leibovitz, 1970-1990" (HarperCollins) is published. Exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., then tours internationally.

1991
1996

Olympic Portraits (Bulfinch Press) is published.

1996
1998

Time with Vogue

Begins working for Vogue.

1998
1999

Her book "Women" (Random House), with an essay by Susan Sontag, is published. Exhibition opens at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., then tours internationally.

1999
2000

Named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Receives Barnard College Medal of Distinction.

2000
2001

Expanding her family

Daughter Sarah Cameron Leibovitz is born.

2001
2003

"Annie Leibovitz: American Music" (Random House) is published. Exhibition opens at Experience Music Project in Seattle before touring internationally.

2003
2005

The twins Susan and Samuelle Leibovitz are born. American Society of Magazine Editors chooses covers taken by Leibovitz as No. 1 and No. 2 in list of top 40 magazine covers of the past 40 years.

2005
2006

Named Commandeur of French government's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. "A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005" (Random House) is published. Exhibition opens at Brooklyn Museum.

2006
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