Behind the Lens Celebrity Photographer：Annie Leibovitz Examines a Life in Pictures女性摄影家安妮镜头下的名人
Name any celebrity, musician or world leader, indeed, Annie Leibovitz has probably photographed them.
And her iconic' work is now on display at Atlanta's High Museum of Art. She gives us a personal tour of her life behind the lens.
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, PHOTOGRAPHER
I don't think that name is big enough. I was having a big argument with the curator4 and said, "This is not big enough." I mean, I need, you know, I think it should be a lot larger. I'm very upset about that.
I'm Annie Leibovitz, and this is my show, A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005. Come on!
It harkens back to when I first started photography and I was a student at the 5an Francisco Art Institute, and the kind of photography that I was taught was, you know Robert Frank, Cartier-Bresson. It was kind of personalized reportage, and again it's this idea of letting things unfold in front of you, things that you don't ... that you're not trying to control. They just happen and you're just documenting it, really. And it's done with a 35-mm camera, black-and-white, and it's just, you know and I know black-and-white very well. And I just, I don't think about it. So, I just, you know ...I just aim8 the camera, you know, and take pictures.
I remember I worked with her [Nicole Kidman] when she was working on the stanley Kubrick film, and her skin was translucent because 5tanley Kubrick told her she could not go out into this daylight. She and Tom Crúise were there for like over a year, you know, doing this film, and it was ... so, by the time I photographed her she was, it was almost like you could see through her skin. It was translucent. She's so, she's so ethereal and beautiful and such a really, you know, such a good actor. Again, and I like the idea that when you work with someone like Nicole Kidman, you're going to see her again, and you sort of build on that.
I remember there was a shoot with Jim Carey and, you know, I sort of, I already had the shoot sort of designed. I wanted to do a sort of takeoff on Francis Bacon. And he's such a physicalactor, Jim Carey. And he came in and he just said, he just looked like, he looked blank. He just looked... and I could tell he just didn't want ...
The worst thing that happens with comedians is people always want them to be funny in pictures, and they just, you know, what does that mean to be funny? We don't know what that means. So I said, "You know ...I reall(y) ...you don't really have to do anything today. Really. This is ... we're really doing nothing". I love architecture, and I wanted to always see Phil Johnson's house, and I had just photographed him and he said, "Oh, sure. You're welcome to come by. Just make an appointment, blah, blah ...".
So, I made an appointment, and I was going by, and I was surprised that he was there. I didn't expect him to be there. I wasn't planning on visiting with him, and I think he was really upset that I was more interested in the house than in him.
My mother's a beach baby. She was brought Up on the jersey shore. I mean, she would spend her summers at the jersey shore, and, you know, she became... she becomes alive when she goes in the water. The beach was... is a very important world for my mother. She just couldn't... she can go in the water and she becomes 20 years younger. And so, gatherings at the beach were, you know, quite common when we had a chance.