Annie Leibovitz

Vanity Fair 100th Issue

Background History

“In an age when nothing seems to last—not convictions, not even cities—a centennial, like the one Vanity Fair celebrates this year, makes me marvel at the simple fact of longevity.” Annie Leibovitz wanted to set up a famous model to mark a special landmark in magazine history to celebrate a big event. Leibovitz's style of photography is posing her models herself so she gets the picture she is looking for. This picture is famous because it is marking the 100th anniversary of Vanity Fair. The 100th issue was taken in a studio setting where Annie had her model, Kate Upton, placed exactly how she wanted her to be. This exceptional photograph was a commemoration of 100 years making this periodical. Kate Upton seemed like a good model choice to Annie because she is gaining popularity and she has natural beauty. The cake in this picture represents something like a celebration or a birthday.

My Opinion

I like this picture because the way she has her hair done and her outfit seems more vintage like that's how it used to be about 100 years ago. It seems like this picture is linking today's modern culture to back then. This picture is unique because first, it's modern, and second it is a mixture of old and new styles in fashion and history. In this 100th anniversary photograph I think the only thing I would change would be the background. If there was a matching color in the back or just something other than a dark green. Some lights blurred out in the top half of the background would work very well. It would add some depth and make it slightly more mysterious about what is going on in the background. Kate Upton's personality is definitely captured in this picture. She looks very outgoing and you can tell she is a model.