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Posts Tagged ‘Annie Leibovitz’

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  • Photographer Annie Leibovitz will retain control of her multimillion-dollar portfolio of work, thanks to a new deal with Colony Capital, the Los Angeles-based investment firm that prides itself on “cautious contrarianism” and “exploitation of inefficiencies” (either of which would make excellent titles for a forthcoming coffee table book of Leibovitz’s portraits). Colony, which also owns the rights to Neverland Ranch, will become Leibovitz’s sole creditor and help her market her iconic images.
  • In other photographic news of note, our chums in Paris for fashion week are raving about the Lisette Model exhibition at the Jeu de Paume. On view through June 6, the show features 120 of Model’s photos, from her famous shots of life on the streets of Nice and New York to lesser known work, incuding a final assignment that captured the curious characters that frequented Long Island’s Belmont Park race track in 1956.
  • Isn’t a Polaroid-branded digital camera an oxymoron? Remember the good old days with a dreamy bunch of notecards from Chronicle Books. Curated by Jennifer Altman, the set of 20 Polaroid Notes include a moody shot of greenery, a hand proferring a cupcake, and a dazzlingly bleached airport scene. Send one to a friend and then watch what develops.

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    Danziger Projects to Exhibit Obama Campaign Graphics, Art, and Photography

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    New York City art gallery Danziger Projects is celebrating inauguration day with the opening of “Can & Did,” an exhibition of graphics, art, and photography from the Obama campaign. On view through February 28, the show will feature the campaign’s greatest design hits—Shepard Fairey‘s viral poster art and the iconic “O” identity designed by Sol Sender, Andy Keene, and Amanda Gentry—as well as Pulitzer Prize winner David Turnley‘s photographs (including the one that Fairey riffed on), a splendid poster by graphic designer Lance Wyman, and artist Robert Indiana‘s HOPEful reworking of his iconic LOVE image. And what design exhibition would be complete without a few elegant design statements from the crew at Pentagram? “Can & Did” will include Michael Bierut‘s “The Fifty State Strategy” (pictured above) and a shot of a Paula Scher-designed “O” banner flapping triumphantly in the breeze. Annie Leibovitz, Mickalene Thomas, and also contributed Obama visuals to the show, which was assembled largely from the artists’ own limited proofs.

    Annie Leibovitz on the Ones Who Got Away

    annie L.jpgStar photographer to the stars Annie Leibovitz has a new book out, just in time for the holidays, although as Thomas Mallon points in his recent review for The New York Times, the “part memoir, part casual manifesto” is “modestly proportioned…trim-sized more for the nightstand than the coffee table.” While out and about promoting the book, Leibovitz answered ten questions from Time magazine readers, one of whom asked if there was anyone she had never had the chance to photograph and always wanted to. Said Leibovitz:

    I work so much, I get the opportunity to photograph almost anyone you would want to photograph. I can only think of dead people who I could’ve photographed—Martha Graham or Elvis Presley. I just missed Elvis Presley.

    When asked about her most difficult subject, Leibovitz pointed to “people who have been in show business for a very long time…like Sammy Davis Jr. or even Michael Jackson” before wisely stopping there. “I do want to continue in this business, so I’d be an idiot to talk about anyone who’s alive.”

    Previously on UnBeige:

  • Annie Leibovitz’s Assistant Loses iPhone in Cab
  • Annie Leibovitz Captures the African Conversation for Vanity Fair
  • Leibovitz Conquers Fear of Heights So You Don’t Have To
  • Pharrell Williams Tries Chair Design, Gives Eames Classic Surrealist Twist

    williams.jpgListen closely. That persistent groan is the nation’s postal workers struggling under the added weight of the Fashion Rocks supplement that accompanies the September issues of most Condé Nast titles. Flush with ads, the book’s fifth incarnation matches up celebrated photographers (Stevens Meisel and Klein, Annie Leibovitz, Terry Richardson, et al.) with musicians sporting fashions from the fall collections. While we were ecstatic to see looks from Thom Browne‘s thrilling, chilling fall show find wearers in the buzzy pop duo Chester French, it was Robert Haskell‘s peek into the Miami condo of empire-building producer Pharrell Williams that we found most intriguing.

    Turns out that Williams, in addition to having amassed a collection of Louis Vuitton befitting a hip-hop kingpin, is a huge fan of the artist KAWS, whose work is scattered throughout his penta-balconied penthouse. Williams has his own clothing lines (Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream) and has designed sunglasses and jewelry for Vuitton, and now he’s onto the hard stuff: chairs.

    …he’s especially excited about the chair he recently designed at the urging of Emmanuel Perrotin, who will show it in Europe this fall. Called the Perspective chair, it’s Charles and Ray Eames‘s classic molded plastic seat, reconfigured with four legs that are, in fact, four legs—the front pair belonging to a woman and the back pair to a man. “It’s about being in another person’s shoes,” Pharrell says. “It’s about being in love, and I wanted to know what that was like.”

    When in Doubt, Put Them in Jodhpurs and Riding Boots

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    It may still be July, but Vanity Fair is already hyping its September style issue, featuring Annie Leibovitz‘s photograph of French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on the cover (pictured above) and a profile by Maureen Orth inside (asked to comment on Bruni, Jean-Paul Gaultier says, “She is like the heroine of a book or a movie”). Bruni’s equestrian-influenced cover wardrobe made us think of another Paris-based VF cover, from October 2005, not to mention Si Newhouse‘s sharp eye for saddlery.

    Annie Leibovitz Captures the African Conversation for Vanity Fair


    In an unprecedented effort by Vanity Fair, 20 different covers of the July issue hit newsstands today for their Africa issue, featuring famous peeps having a “conversation” about the continent as shot by Annie Leibovitz. Feast your eyes on the slideshow: Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Queen Rania of Jordan, Bono, Condoleeza Rice, George W. Bush (Surprise! But excellent coordination ensured he was paired with safe Condi and Tutu to prevent his eyes from being clawed out), Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Djimon Hounsou, Madonna, Maya Angelou, Chris Rock, Warren Buffett, Bill & Melinda Gates, Oprah, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Iman and Don Cheadle.

    Although we’re not gonna go into the politics of the pairings, a few poses definitely caught our eye (even though it sounds like they were patched since VF published Leibovitz’s shooting schedule):


    Chris Rock whispers sweet stock tips in Warren Buffett’s ear; Barack Obama definitely has Don Cheadle’s vote, and perhaps his undying affection.