Photographer on the Straightaway

Annie Leibovitz

Ms. Leibovitz in 1976. Credit Annie Leibovitz and Hauser & Wirth.

When Annie Leibovitz was starting out as a photographer in San Francisco, she would toss her camera equipment into the back of her ’63 Porsche Cabriolet convertible and tear off to Los Angeles on Highway 5.

“You used to be able to go 80, 90, 100 miles per hour — it was a straightaway,” Ms. Leibovitz recalled in a recent interview at her Manhattan studio, wearing black and her signature glasses. “You would just get on it and drive like a bat out of hell.”

(Robin Pogrebin, “Annie Leibovitz Revisits Her Early Years,” NYTimes, 2-14-19)

(c) 2019 JMN.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to Photographer on the Straightaway

  1. I don’t know her, but I’m thinking she must be unbelievably cool. “Outsideauthority, as a struggling artist, would place her A5 sketchbook and felt tips on the passenger seat of the vauxhall corsa and, obeying the 30mph speed limit, dawdle her way to the edge of suburbia.” No, it’s not the same.

    • JMN says:

      Liebovitz is rather cool in that photo, isn’t she? She has a reputation in the field of snapping the famous. Your comment is equally cool and has me cracking up! I once pushed my second-hand Jaguar XKE roadster up to 90 briefly on a country road. It was terrifying and I never repeated the experience. I’m happy at dawdling speeds myself. Are there dragons beyond the edge?

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