Kate Moss Photographed by Annie Leibovitz


Kate Moss Photographed by Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz, 'Kate Moss for "American Vogue"', October 1999
Kate Moss Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz is a leading American photographer who is best known for her elaborately staged celebrity portraits and is one of the most famous and well-respected portrait photographers working today. Over forty years, principally working for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, Leibovitz has conceived and executed hundreds of cover pictures that have often become their subject’s defining image.

As her career progressed she became known for her fanatical attention to detail and vigorous work ethic. Leibovitz would regularly exhaust her subjects with long, drawn-out shoots, often late into the night. She would continue until she felt she had ‘got the shot’, often enabling her to tease out something of her subject’s true personality in the process. Leibovitz’s personal style developed into a polished but light-hearted portraiture by the late 1970s. Her portraits are often dramatic and stylised, but always offer a level of intimacy with the subjects. It was to be the look that became associated with Rolling Stone, and one that she would develop further working for other magazines in the 1980s and 90s.

During this process Leibovitz became one of the most celebrated photographers in the world. She photographed a host of stars, many of these often in elaborately conceived images, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger on skis at the top of an Idaho ski-slope, or Whoopi Goldberg in a bath of milk. Leibovitz has continued to work for Vanity Fair ever since, and has become known for her dramatic covers. Leibovitz also began a relationship with Vogue in 1998, the year she shot this intimate yet hugely dramatic portrait of the supermodel Kate Moss.

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