First Family White House Portrait
The White House Photo Office has just released this new portrait of the First Family. First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama and their children Sasha and Malia sat for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House on September 1, 2009.
The photo was taken by Annie Leibovitz. This is the first official family photo of the Obamas in the White House.
Widely considered one of America’s best portrait photographers, Annie Leibovitz started her career as a staff photographer for start-up rock music magazine Rolling Stone, in 1970.
Two years later, Leibovitz was chief photographer for the magazine, a position she would hold for 10 years. Leibovitz is noted for her use of bold primary colors and surprising poses. Many of her Rolling Stone covers have become collector’s items.
In 1983, Leibovitz accepted a position with Vanity Fair, which gave her a wider pool of subjects to work with. She has made many memorable covers, including two of Demi Moore naked, and one of Whoopi Goldberg half submerged in a bathtub of milk.
In 1987, Leibovitz won a Clio award for her portraits of celebrity holders of American Express cards.
Books of her portraits include, Photographs: Annie Leibovitz 1970-1990, Olympic Portraits (of photographs taken during her stint as official photographer of the 1996 summer Olympics), and Women, in which Leibovitz presented an array of female images from Supreme Court Justices to Vegas showgirls, coal miners and farmers.
Here is some more images of Annie Leibovitz greatest/controversial work to date.
Yoko Ono & John Lennon
Taken for the cover of Rolling Stone on the morning of December 8, 1980, this was one of the last images of John Lennon before he was assassinated later that afternoon.
Appearing nude & pregnant with daughter Scout on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991, this image of Demi was criticized by some and loved by others. Some called it sexist, and others called it revolutionary – but everyone had an opinion!
In May 2007, Leibovitz was criticized for asking Queen Elizabeth II to take off her crown during the shoot. Meant to commemorate QEII’s trip to the U.S. that spring; some called it a postmodern take on Helen Mirren’s interpretation of the monarch in the 2006 film, “The Queen,” while others felt the results were appropriately regal & elegant.
LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen
NBA star LeBron James and the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen appeared to reinterpret King Kong and Faye Wray for Vogue’s annual “Shape” issue. The April 2008 issue featured this cover shot, which many critics called racist.