Annie Leibovitz on Photography: "You Cannot Underestimate the Power of the Sitter"

"I didn't think any one else liked it but me," Annie Leibovitz told a group of snapping cameras and scratching pens yesterday about her photograph of artist Agnes Martin. Taken in Taos, it shows the woman simply sitting on her bed, facing forward, back straight. But as the photographer explained the context of the shoot, the room we were peeking into became filled with a different kind of life.

"'I sit here and wait to be inspired'" Martin, who she described as a "fragile child," told Leibovitz, "I guess it's a very personal picture for me, because I think we all hope for that. We're all waiting to be inspired." She was happy curator Charles Stainback chose to include the photo in the exhibition of her work being shown at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

Stainback explained his decision, "For me, it was important to include as many visual artists in my selection because it's an art museum." But the show also displays images from throughout Leibovitz's career, including those of LIl' Kim, Cindy Sherman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Irving, even R2-D2.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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