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October 15, 2012

Annie Liebovitz exhibit features her life's best work

As a teenager, acclaimed photographer, Annie Liebovitz, snapped her first pictures when her father was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War.

Still going strong now at the age of 63, the artist who started her career as a photojournalist for "Rolling Stone" magazine in 1970 then moved on to "Vogue" and "Vanity Fair," where she remains today, has photographed American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama as well as many of the most notable figures of our time.

These include athletes, actors, dancers, musicians, fashion designers, scientists and business leaders.

Over the years, Liebovitz’ body of work has earned her many awards and honors, both national and international, and her images are emblazoned in the minds of people around the world.

For the very first time, the 156 images Liebovitz personally selected as the definitive edition of her work from 1968 to 2011 is on display in its entirety at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.

This "Master Set," on exhibit on display through Dec. 30, is drawn from thousands of photographs taken over the years of professional assignments.

Some of the images like her "Richard Nixon Leaving the White House," a work that shows the president’s copter barely rising from the ground after his resignation in 1974 while workmen hurriedly roll up the carpet he just trod over, are familiar to most Americans over the age of 40.

One of her best known works, that of John Lennon in the nude snuggling up to a fully-clothed Yoko Ono in bed, won, in 2005, the number one spot in a compilation of the 40 top magazine covers of the past 40 years by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Just five hours after she took the iconic photograph, Lennon was shot and killed outside his residence in the Dakota in Manhattan.

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