Anne Leibovitz on photography


I have just read “Anne Leibovitz at Work”. I think I can relate to her relationship to photography:

“Yeas before it ever occurred to me that one could have life as a photographer, I had become accustomed to looking at the world through a frame.” (then she talks about travelling int he car with her family which resembled my childhood a lot!).


Anne’s book is personal, very honest and inspiring more by examples then empty words, but there is another note made me stop and re-think my own work:

“[when you are on the road] Things happen in front of you. That’s perhaps the most wonderful and mysterious aspect of photography. It seemed like you just had to decide when and where to aim your camera. The process was linear and it never stopped.”

I really wish I could get to the point when my technique allows me to feel this way, freely.

The book finishes with a great summary, something I am taking with me as a keepsake but I would like to share with you too:

“When I’m asked about my work, I try to explain that there is no mystery involved. It is work. But things happen all the time that are unexpected, uncontrolled, unexplainable, even magical. The work prepares you for that moment. Suddenly the cloud roll in and the soft light you longed for appears.”

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