Annie Leibovitz's Vanity Fair Partnerships Photo Shoot

February 4, 2009

Annie Leibovitz's Vanity Fair Partnerships Photo Shoot

I really love Annie Leibovitz. When I comes to photography, I'm always inspired by her work. Even after 40 years (she started shooting back in 1969), she still produces some of the most fresh and appealing photos I've ever seen. Her latest shoot, which focuses on the partnerships that made the last year an unforgettable year for movies, just hit Vanity Fair. More specifically, she looks at the actor-director team ups that defined 2008 in a feature called "Something Just Clicked". I've pulled together just a few of my favorite photos from this feature below. "In each case the chemistry was profound, the effect exponential."

There is a lot more to be found over at Vanity Fair. In addition to a few more photos, there's a little write up for each one that talks about the partnership. It's a great read and I highly suggest check it out.

Danny Boyle and Dev Patel

Gus Van Sant and Sean Penn

Penélope Cruz and Woody Allen

Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger

While that last photo with Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger will probably get the most acclaim, my personal favorite is the first one with Danny Boyle and Dev Patel. I just love the way the two are standing, the location, their clothes, their facial expressions, everything about it is absolute perfection. Bravo on another brilliant series, Annie Leibovitz! You may also remember the other Leibovitz photo shoots we've featured. She shot a series for Baz Luhrmann's Australia; before that it was the iconic Hitchcock Classics; and my personal favorite, on the set of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Enjoy!

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  • ?????
    This is quite brilliant...
  • Bobby Simpson
    Where's the full picture of Darren Aranofsky and Mickey Rourke?
  • Angelo
    I like Clint's photo the most. I didn't like Gran Torino at all, but the fact that it looks like he took his own photo, just owns.
  • Timothy
    Just want to take this moment to say, Crystal Skull wasn't bad. At all. I liked it quite a bit.
  • Keith
    A great article from Vanity Fair as usual. I recommend it to all.
  • Nikhil Hariharan
    Man, Annie Leibovitz is just so great at her work, her Hitchcock spread last year was one of my favorite pieces of work ive seen. Actually, im gonna see if i can find that issue somewhere....
  • Rob
    Same favourite here!
  • Allen always looks fantastic in portraits.
  • Bobby Simpson
    Correction, Timothy: Crystal Skull was terrible. I did enjoy seeing the movie, but only because I couldn't stop laughing at how awful it truly was.
  • Nate
    Anyone else think that Darren Aranofsky looks like Christian bale in that photo?
  • Fisherr
    Darren and Rourke also Ledger and Nolan looks epic.
  • Bah, the Nolan/Ledger one is shopped: "Composite photo: Christopher Nolan photographed in Los Angeles, 2008; Heath Ledger photographed in New York City, 2005." It also seemse quite obvious when you compare the backgrounds on either side of the stand.
  • Allen Sharpe
    that pic of dev and danny is so good. definately the best one
  • Silver
    these are all great. Yeah Darren does look like Bale in that one. Also Nolan and Heath ARE clearly photoshopped. Aranofsky and Rourke are contrasting in a brilliant way Aranofsky is standing, looking (Bale and) Chaplin-esque while Rourke (sitting) looks ragged and damaged. Boyle and Patel, marvelous. Clint's is vintage Eastwood and I can't looking at it without hearing "Gran Torino" (song). Nolan and Ledger's is very bittersweet, Nolan looking proud and Ledger looking unpropitious. The Crystal Skull is amazing. Too bad the movie was thoroughly disappointing.
  • shirley
    nolan and ledger's picture is the best. i want to buy it for only that picture!




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