During high school, I became a fan of Annie Leibovitz’s photography by way of my subscription to Rolling Stone. Responsible for hundreds of legendary images of music and film celebrities (many collected in Rolling Stone Images of Rock & Roll), she became the most celebrated photographer of her generation. Further assignments for Vanity Fair (many of those collected in Vanity Fair, the Portraits) widened her subject scope (and audience).
Fans get a chance to see the great photographer at work in Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens. Directed by her sister Barbara, the documentary finds Leibovitz opening up about her influences, experiences, and inspirations. Combining on-screen interviews with Leibovitz, her colleagues, and many of her famed subjects with archival footage (including some very rare video of the fledgling Rolling Stone staff) and chronicles of the photographer at work (on the set of a Vanity Fair photo shoot with the cast of Marie Antoinette; pondering piles and piles of photos she’s considering for a book of her work), the DVD is a fascinating view for photogs and stargazers alike.
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens