I am beyond excited to attend an incredible event at the Beverly Wilshire tomorrow with my dear friend Pamela West. Maria Shriver will be presenting the award to famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, honoring her as the recipient of the 7th Annual MOCA Distinguished Women in the Arts.
“ABOUT THE HONOREE
Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949, Waterbury, Connecticut) began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her pictures have appeared regularly on magazine covers ever since, and her large and distinguished body of work encompasses some of the most well-known portraits of our time. Leibovitz’s first major assignment was for a cover story on John Lennon. She became Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973, and by the time she left the magazine, 10 years later, she had shot 142 covers and published photo essays on scores of stories, including her memorable accounts of the resignation of Richard Nixon and of the 1975 Rolling Stones tour. In 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape.
Exhibitions of Leibovitz’s work have appeared at museums and galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her numerous honors include the International Center of Photography’s Lifetime Achievement Award, ASME’s first Creative Excellence Award, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London (2009). In 2006, she was decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and the Library of Congress has designated her a Living Legend. She lives in New York with her three children, Sarah, Susan, and Samuelle.”