Annie Leibovitz

Annie Liebovitz is someone I have been afraid to admire for such a long time. Afraid of her impossible acclaim, afraid of her honesty, afraid to want to make work like her…

I am, now, beginning to realise that I can be inspired by her without needing to make work like her. Though I would like to.

The one thing that can be said about Leibovitz’s work is that if you know it, you can recognise it immediately. That’s the mark of a visual voice. That was something I aspired to a few years back. Apparently it’s something I’ve developed in my commercial work, dream come true! Here’s to developing it in this work too.

Some of her portraiture for Vanity Fair

Serena Williams by Annie Liebovitz
M&S ‘Leading Ladies’ Campaign, 2014 by Annie Liebovitz

She became the first woman to hold an exhibition at Washington’s National Portrait Gallery in 1991. When she says she wants to photograph someone, what it really means is that she’d like to know them.