Life Through A Lens

7 Apr

Last night I watched the Annie Leibovitz documentary Life Through A Lens. It was pretty good. I didn’t realize she started out in San Francisco and went to the Art Institute and that she was Rolling Stone‘s first resident photographer. She’s said to have a crazy temper on set which of course was down-played in the documentary but she herself admits she can be demanding. She also had to go to rehab after going on tour with The Rolling Stones. Her father and partner recently died. She has three kids. She currently has a $40 million loan out “after years of incautious spending and expensive home renovations.” It was depressing to read that ““one of the world’s most successful photographers essentially pawned every snap of the shutter she had made or will make until the loans are paid off.” I guess we can’t expect artists to be the best book keepers. I love her black and white portraits especiallly. Watching this inspired me to really get serious about learning photography.

Cate Blanchett

Heath Ledger and Chris Nolan

June and Johnny Cash

Hunter S. Thompson and George McGovern

Annie Leibovitz and Jann Wenner at Rolling Stone office, San Francisco

John Lennon was shot and killed 5 hours after this photo was taken.

Johnny Depp and Kate Moss

The White Stripes

Queen Elizabeth

Angelina Jolie and Pax

Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner

Ryan Adams

“When you are younger, the camera is like a friend and you can go places and feel like you’re with someone, like you have a companion.” -Annie Leibovitz

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