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From The Fly on the Wall to the Super Star on the Flying Trapeze
on March 15, 2009
Annie has gone from being a fly on the wallpaper to being a Super Star on the Flying Trapeze in a Three Ring Circus. She's began as a photographer in the manner of Robert Frank and Henri Carier Bresson and then moved into the "Vanity Fair" and "Vogue" World of NYC photography with the huge in-town studio and country converted water mill home in Conn. She went from the seeming invisible maker of candid photographs to Cecil B. DeMille Hollywood productions. She was soon working with dozens of assistants, set builders, art directors, grips, teamsters, hairdressers, cranes, helicopters, the Nittany Lions Marching Band, etc., etc. She managed to maintain her ability to make good pictures despite this complete change in work style and still enjoys capturing images as a loner as well as the Glitzy Celebrity Portrait Shoots. For a woman who more of less stumbled accidentally into the world of photography and popular music she has certainly found her secret talent.
This DVD is a very well done portrait of Annie Leibovitz and her life in photography. It includes pictures and home movies of her early life as one of six children of an Air Force Officer. While their father was fighting in the Vietnam War, the six kids were marching and protesting against that same war. This is the tale of a 1960's war protestor gone mainstream. In many ways, it's the story of the entire baby boom generation. It's wonderful to see a success story that is the result of talent, hard work and totally without inside contacts. Annie went to work for "Rolling Stone" as the magazine was being born and then grew up with it. Annie is one-of-a-kind, but that fact hasn't gone to her head.