Annie Leibovitz on the Ones Who Got Away

Star photographer to the stars Annie Leibovitz has a new book out, just in time for the holidays, although as Thomas Mallon points in his recent review for The New York Times, the “part memoir, part casual manifesto” is “modestly proportioned…trim-sized more for the nightstand than the coffee table.” While out and about promoting the book, Leibovitz answered ten questions from Time magazine readers, one of whom asked if there was anyone she had never had the chance to photograph and always wanted to. Said Leibovitz:

I work so much, I get the opportunity to photograph almost anyone you would want to photograph. I can only think of dead people who I could’ve photographed—Martha Graham or Elvis Presley. I just missed Elvis Presley.

When asked about her most difficult subject, Leibovitz pointed to “people who have been in show business for a very long time…like Sammy Davis Jr. or even Michael Jackson” before wisely stopping there. “I do want to continue in this business, so I’d be an idiot to talk about anyone who’s alive.”

Previously on UnBeige:

  • Annie Leibovitz’s Assistant Loses iPhone in Cab
  • Annie Leibovitz Captures the African Conversation for Vanity Fair
  • Leibovitz Conquers Fear of Heights So You Don’t Have To