Music and celebrity photography are often associated with two words: Annie Leibovitz.
The 57-year-old photographer — whose career-spanning
exhibit opens this weekend at the Detroit Institute of Arts — became one of pop culture’s leading chroniclers thanks to her portrait work for Rolling Stone magazine, which she joined in 1970. She became chief photographer in 1975 and was responsible for most of the publication’s cover shots, including the 1980 image of a nude John Lennon draped alongside a clothed Yoko Ono that Leibovitz took the day Lennon was fatally shot.
Leibovitz left Rolling Stone in 1983 and has worked for Vanity Fair and other publications. She has had awardwinning success in the advertising world, creating celebrity portraits for American Express and for the “Got Milk?” campaign.
She was the offi cial photographer for the Rolling Stones’ 1975 tour, the 1984 World Cup and the 1996 Olympics.
The “American Music” exhibit was launched in 2004 at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. It focuses on American roots musicians, with images of B.B. King, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and Dolly Parton. It includes Detroit area artists — Aretha Franklin, Iggy Pop, Eminem, the White Stripes and former resident Patti Smith.
“American Music” opens Sunday (September 24th) at the DIA, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. It’s $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17 and free for 5 and younger; museum admission is included. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call (313) 833-7900 or visit
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