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Annie Leibovitz is Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf

NYHSLogoThere have been several excellent write-ups in the past week about “Pilgrimage,” a new exhibit of photographs by Annie Leibovitz running through February 22 at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library. The 78 showcased pictures follow a fall 2011 coffee table book of the same name.

Inspired by a bucket list put together by the late Susan Sontag, this pilgrimage saw the photographer travel far and wide, eventually focusing on the homes and personal objects of famous American figures. The Daily Beast’s Justin Jones spoke at length with Leibovitz, who explained why a shot of Virginia Woolf‘s desk resonates:

Woolf’s desk, shot from above, reveals every mishap it encountered — branded with cigarette burns and splattered with ink spills. “To me, it says that art and life are messy,” Leibovitz said of the author’s desk, which she described as one of her favorite images from the series and related to the financial troubles she faced and all of life’s upsets.

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Amy Adams Lands First Vogue Cover

Amy Adams is your newest Vogue cover girl. This is her first time gracing the title’s cover.

Adams was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and profiled by Jonathan Van Meter. The 40-year-old actress is wearing a Valentino dress that Vogue described as “Price upon request.” That means it’s like at least $100.

Annie Leibovitz and Kanye West Have Hugged it Out

annie leibovitz GYou can sleep easier tonight, everyone: Annie Leibovitz and Kanye West have cleared the air. West had ranted about Leibovitz because he was upset that Leibovitz cancelled plans to shoot his wedding, but according to statements from both parties, it was all a misunderstanding.

A rep for Leibovitz said:

Kanye West’s comments about Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival have been taken out of context and sensationalized. She would have loved to have taken their wedding portrait and was disappointed it didn’t happen.

A rep for West said:

Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding, he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way. Unbeknownst to Kanye, she was never confirmed. Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding.

Breathe easy, America.

Kanye West is Upset with Annie Leibovitz

BREAKING: Kanye West is upset. Again. According to Page Six, West’s latest beef is with Annie Leibovitz. West told a crowd at the Cannes Lions Festival that his wedding shot with Kim Kardashian took four days to produce because Leibovitz pulled out of his wedding the day prior to the event.

According to West, Leibovitz dropped out because “She was afraid of celebrity.” Now, this is an odd thing to think — considering all Leibovitz does is work with celebrities — but hey, maybe West was right. Whatever the reason was, we do agree with West that it was a shitty thing for Leibovitz to do.

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Game of Thrones Cast Graces Cover of Vanity Fair

The fourth season of Game of Thrones begins in April, so Vanity Fair decided to welcome the gang back by turning its cover over to the cast.

The cover — shot by Annie Leibovitz — is bit disappointing, because she could have at least photoshopped some weird medieval crap into the mix. There aren’t even any wizards. Or maybe one of them is a wizard? They could be, we aren’t Game of Thrones fans. Because c’mon — we’re not going to watch a show that features dragons. Sorry.

Even Annie Leibovitz Takes Selfies

Let the record show that even Annie Leibovitz takes selfies. At a party at the Chateau Marmont for her upcoming book (creatively titled Annie Leibovitz), the famed photographer couldn’t resist snapping a picture of herself. Hey, at least she’s including other people.

The gathering was attended by Graydon Carter, David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg and more. According to Vanity Fair, they all had nothing but good things to say about Leibovitz’s book, which will be released next month.

Two other notable moments from the party included Leibovitz proclaiming that she’s not ready to join Instagram, and Sly Stallone desperately trying to keep 80s fashion alive:

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Vanity Fair’s 20th ‘Hollywood Issue’ Features Plenty of Stars

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Vanity Fair’s “Hollywood Issue.” Please leave your “Every Vanity Fair issue is a Hollywood issue” jokes in the comments.

The cover  — featuring a dozen Oscar nominees, including George ClooneyIdris ElbaChiwetel EjioforJulia Roberts and Lupita Nyong’o  was shot by Annie Leibovitz.

The Hollywood issue hits newsstands February 7.

Kate Upton Graces Cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary Issue

Here’s a 180 degree turn from this morning’s tale of PTSD via modeling: Kate Upton gracing the cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary issue. Upton was photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Vanity Fair as we know it has only been published since 1983, but that’s just semantics. If the glossy wants to consider its starting point the same as Dress & Vanity Fair’s (1913), then so be it. Who are we to argue? Plus, Kate Upton.

In addition to Upton, Vanity Fair pulled out all the stops for its 100th birthday. Starting tomorrow a slew of features will be available at vanityfair.com, and inside the issue are pieces penned by Laura HillenbrandBill Maher, Dave Eggers, Kurt Andersen, Lorne Michaels, Robert Stone, Jan Morris and more.

Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary issue hits newsstands September 5.

Vogue Stumps Claire Danes with Fictional Character Question

The fun of  those behind-the-scenes videos for magazine cover story shoots often comes from when the proceedings don’t go as planned. In the case of Claire Danes, it happened alongside Vogue August 2013 partners Damian Lewis and Annie Leibovitz as she tried to answer a portion of the “Name Your Favorite” game.

Lewis had no problem coming up with his favorite fictional character. It’s Bertie Wooster, the English gentleman who recurs in P.G. Woodehouse‘s Jeeves novels.

But Danes, after some initial hemming and hawing, is brought back for some rather hilarious think-out-loud brainstorming. Pinocchio!? Curious George!?!? Even though Danes does this all with such natural charm that it’s as good as if she had sternly announced Anna Karenina.

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Beyoncé to Grace Cover of Vogue

According to the New York Daily News, Beyoncé is going to grace the cover of the March issue of Vogue. Annie Leibovitz allegedly finished shooting the pop sensation last week.

Hopefully this new Beyoncefied (a technical term for “making something great”) cover is better than the last time she appeared on the front of Vogue.

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