Happy Birthday To Rhinebeck's Annie Leibovitz

RHINEBECK, N.Y -- Happy birthday to Rhinebeck’s Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz.

Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz

Leibovitz turns 68 on Monday. The portrait photographer was born Oct. 2, 1949, in Waterbury.

She completed her studies in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute & started her career as staff photographer with Rolling Stone magazine. Her new style of lighting and use of bold colors and poses earned her a position with Vanity Fair magazine. She was received a Clio Award in 1987.

She was the second living portraitist and first woman to mount an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 1991.

A major retrospective of her work was held at the Brooklyn Museum from October 2006 to January 2007, based on her book, “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990–2005” which was expanded to include three of the official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.

She was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography in 2009 and Prince of Asturias Award for Communication in 2013.

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