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Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years. 1970–1983

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Annie Leibovitz began working as a photographer in the early 1970s, which was a volatile and frenetic time in America. The lines had yet to be drawn between journalists and the people they covered, so she had access that would now be considered unusual. This unique collection provides a vivid account both of Leibovitz’s development as an artist and of a pivotal era.
Hardcover8.5 x 10.6 in.2.27 lb182 pages
“A reminder of the service Leibovitz has done for us in documenting so flawlessly the most important moments and people of the past three generations.”
Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years. 1970–1983

Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years. 1970–1983


The Origins of a Legendary Photographer

Annie Leibovitz’s photographic beginnings and Rolling Stone reportage

For more than half a century, Annie Leibovitz has been taking culture-defining photographs. Her portraits of politicians, performers, athletes, businesspeople, and royalty make up a gallery of our time, imprinted on our collective consciousness by both the singularity of their subjects and Leibovitz’s inimitable style.

The catalogue to an installation at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France, Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years, 1970–1983 returns to Leibovitz’s origins. It begins with a moment of artistic revelation: the spontaneous shot that made Leibovitz think she could transition from painting to photography as her area of study at the San Francisco Art Institute. The meticulously and personally curated collection, including contact sheets and Polaroids, provides a vivid document both of Leibovitz’s development as a young artist and of a pivotal era.

Leibovitz’s reportage-like photo stories for Rolling Stone, which she began working for when she was still a student, record such heady political, cultural, and counter-cultural developments as the Vietnam War protests, the launch of Apollo 17, the presidential campaign of 1972, Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, and the Rolling Stones on tour in 1975. Then, as now, Leibovitz won the trust of the prominent and famous, and the book’s pages are animated by many familiar faces, among them Muhammad Ali, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ken Kesey, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Didion, and Debbie Harry, as well as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, captured in their now iconic embrace just hours before Lennon was assassinated.

Throughout the book, the portraits and reportage are linked to images of cars, driving, and even a series on California highway patrolmen. In many ways, it’s a celebration of life on the road—the frenetic rhythms, the chance encounters, the meditative opportunities. And with its rich archival aspects, it is also a tribute to an earlier time and a young photographer enmeshed in a culture that was itself in transition.
The photographer

Annie Leibovitz is one of the most influential photographers of our time. She began working as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970 while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. By 1983, when she left Rolling Stone for the revived Vanity Fair, she was already closely identified with the conceptual, theatrical style that is her hallmark. In subsequent decades, at Vanity Fair and Vogue and in independent projects, she has worked across many photographic genres and developed a large body of work—portraits of actors, directors, writers, musicians, athletes, and political and business figures, as well as fashion photographs—that expanded her collective portrait of contemporary life. She has published several books and has exhibited widely. She is a Commandeur in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has been designated a Living Legend by the U.S. Library of Congress.

The authors

Jann S. Wenner founded Rolling Stone in 1967. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors and is the recipient of the Norman Mailer Center’s Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Magazine Publishing.

Lucy Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and the recipient of the 2010 Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography.

Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years. 1970–1983
Hardcover21.6 x 27 cm1.03 kg182 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7189-0

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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9 Ratings

Annie Leibovitz roots

Justin,November 7, 2021
What can you say about Annie Leibovitz? She's become a household name, with name recognition that ranks near the top with others like Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Helmut Newton, Anne Geddes, Dorothea Lange and Georgia O'keeffe. "The Early Years" shows Annie's developing eye for striking portraits that draw the viewer into the scene. The printing of Annie's black & White photos, from the rich blacks to the crisp whites is a hallmark is the quality expected from Taschen.


MaY,November 5, 2021
It's very interesting and with storic value look on the people Annie Leibovitz has photographed in the first years.

Stunning work

Cristian,October 28, 2021
Beautiful collection of photos

The earliest and best

Philip,October 28, 2021
The foundational work of her career is in this book. I enjoyed the perspectives on the history of photography.

Amazing photos and beautiful book production

Matteo,October 27, 2021
Iconic book of Portraits by one of the best Photographers in the world