When it comes to iconic, contemporary photographers, Annie Leibovitz is the queen. Heck, she's even taken photos of the Queen.
For more than 40 years, Leibovitz has taken some of the most famous and most controversial photos of the most famous and most controversial. Back in the '70s, she was the chief photographer for Rolling Stone, capturing such captivating moments as the Rolling Stones on tour, Nixon's resignation and — her most defining shot — a naked John Lennon holding onto a clothed Yoko Ono. (That cover photo was taken shortly before Lennon's murder.)
In the '80s, she moved over to Vanity Fair, where she continues to snap glossy, colorful portraits of movie stars (remember that notorious cover shot of a pregnant Demi Moore?), newsmakers, and whoever else she finds fascinating and photogenic.
Leibovitz has created distinctive photographs for fashion magazines, advertising campaigns, and even the famed Pirelli calendar. Her work has been seen in many coffee-table book compilations and art exhibits all over the world.
This December, she'll be in Houston for one night. Fotofest and Brazos Bookstore are bringing in the photographer for An Evening with Annie Leibovitz, where she will present and discuss a selection of her photographs. This event also marks the publication of a revised and expanded edition of her 2008 book Annie Leibovitz at Work.
An Evening with Annie Leibovitz Monday, December 17, at Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, 4800 University Dr. 7 pm. Tickets are $53-$223.