Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949) is an American photographer who is widely known for her portraits of celebrities that have been appearing on magazine covers for the last 40 years. Her early career is associated with her work at Rolling Stone magazine, where she became chief photographer in 1973. In 1983, she joined the staff at Vanity Fair, and in 1998 she also began working regularly for Vogue.
Exhibitions of her photographs have appeared at museums and galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; the National Portrait Gallery in London; and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and is the recipient of many other honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography, the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London, and the Wexner Prize. She has been
decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.