ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Annie Leibovitz Revisits Her Early Years

By March 1, 2019 March 7th, 2019 Diversity in Photography, Member Spotlight
Screenshot of article on Annie Leibovitz posted on The New York Times

Image: Annie Leibovitz; Rozette Rago for The New York Times

Editor’s Note: Annie Leibovitz is an ASMP Professional Member.

Cross-posted from The New York Times
[by Robin Pogrebin]

When Annie Leibovitz was starting out as a photographer in San Francisco, she would toss her camera equipment into the back of her ’63 Porsche Cabriolet convertible and tear off to Los Angeles on Highway 5.

“You used to be able to go 80, 90, 100 miles per hour — it was a straightaway,” Ms. Leibovitz recalled in a recent interview at her Manhattan studio, wearing black and her signature glasses. “You would just get on it and drive like a bat out of hell.”

When a national maximum limit of 55 miles per hour was introduced in 1974, Ms. Leibovitz started racking up speeding tickets. And each time a police officer approached her car, she would photograph him with her Polaroid SX-70. “I took two,” she said, “one for them and one for me.”

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