Lives through a lens: Culture, history brought into focus by the incomparable Annie Leibovitz

The Rolling Stones, 1975
The Rolling Stones, 1975
Patti Smith, New Orleans, 1978. © Annie Leibovitz. From “Annie Leibovitz At Work”
Patti Smith, New Orleans, 1978. © Annie Leibovitz. From “Annie Leibovitz At Work”
Annie Leibovitz, Brooklyn, 2017,
Annie Leibovitz, Brooklyn, 2017,

Maybe it says “photographer” — maybe even “world-famous photographer” — but Annie Leibovitz’ business card could just as aptly identify her as “iconic chronicler of American culture and history.”
Leibovitz, who has devoted nearly 50 years to photographing musicians and politicians, the famous and the infamous, the up-and-coming and the blazing hot, will discuss her singular career during “An Evening with Annie Leibovitz,” at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on April 3, as part of the Barrick Lecture Series.
Leibovitz began her photojournalism career in 1970 at Rolling Stone magazine. She became Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973, and her body of work for the magazine — which includes 142 covers and photo essays on subjects as varied as the Rolling Stones’ 1975 tour and President Richard Nixon’s resignation — captured just about every notable rock star, actor, artist and politician of the time.
Leibovitz joined Vanity Fair in 1983, and later moved to Vogue, still creating photographs that, while striking in their simplicity, were wildly imaginative. Her work is displayed in museums worldwide, and in print collections that include “Annie Leibovitz at Work” (Phaidon, $49.95), an update of the 2008 bestseller.
“An Evening with Annie Leibovitz” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be obtained only at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office, with a limit of two tickets per person.


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