“Annie Leibovitz” plays at Barn Gallery


The 13th season of “Art Videos at the Gallery” continues Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with the showing of the film Annie Leibovitz at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane at Shore Road in Ogunquit. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.

For over two decades, Annie Leibovitz has been one of the world’s highest profile and most sought-after photographers and is one of the highest paid photographers working today. Leibovitz was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on October 2, 1949, the third of six children. Her father, Samuel Leibovitz, was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and the family moved frequently. She took her first pictures in the Philippines during the Vietnam War.

In high school she began to write and play music and then studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. For several years she continued to develop her photography skills while working various jobs. In 1970 when she returned to the United States, she started her career as staff photographer for the just-launched Rolling Stone magazine. She became Chief Photographer in 1973 and worked for the magazine until 1983. Her intimate photographs of celebrities helped define the Rolling Stone look. On December 8, 1980 she was to photograph John Lennon for the cover of Rolling Stone. Lennon insisted that both he and Yoko Ono be in the picture which she finally did. Leibovitz was the last person to photograph Lennon as he was shot and killed five hours later.

This documentary being shown at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit at 7:30 pm on Wednesday July 30 focuses on Leibovitz’s l life and career including Rolling Stone and drug addiction. Join her in Hawaii and Los Angeles as she follows up on her infamous cover portrait of a naked and pregnant Demi Moore and another photo shoot of the actress clad only in body paint. Also, an interview with Leibovitz tells how she became a photographer and reveals the deep passion that drives her work.

The film will be shown on a full wall-size screen with discussion led by members of the Ogunquit Art Association. The film is shown in a delightful setting amid the exhibition of the art of the Ogunquit Art Association. Come early so there will be time to view the art on display.