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date: 5th Dec 2013

tags: Art, Biography, Culture

A naked John Lennon curled up next to Yoko Ono on a bed; Demi Moore, nude and pregnant, gracing the cover of Vogue Magazine: photographer Annie Leibovitz has produced some of the most iconic images of the last 30 years. “Annie Leibovitz: Life through a Lens” reveals a woman who has become as iconic as the people she has photographed.

Annie Leibovitz

Leibovitz is a portrait photographer – but it takes others to turn the camera on her. Directed by the subject’s sister, Barbra Leibovitz, this documentary is a tender exploration of the life of an extraordinary artist, beginning from her inspirations in childhood and tracing all the important milestones of her career. Particularly fascinating are the descriptions of her time as the official photographer for The Rolling Stones’ 1975 World Tour; and the story of the iconic John Lennon/Yoko Ono photograph – which is infamous for being taken only five hours before Lennon was assassinated.

The film also sensitively deals with Leibovitz’s long term relationship with writer Susan Sontag, who died in 2004 (this film was released in 2007).

The extraordinary list of interviewees in this film includes: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Hillary Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Demi Moore,Yoko Ono, Keith Richards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patti Smith and Anna Wintour. These famous and charismatic people together pay tribute to one of the world’s greatest living photographers.

And of course, there are the interviews with Annie Leibovitz herself.

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens” is an intimate portrait of a woman known for her intimate portraits of others. For fans of biography, art and photography, this film is a must see.

You can watch it now on beamafilm’s premium rental service, or through your participating public library.

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