American photographer Annie Leibovitz has been a prolific artist since the 1970s, where she first came into public consciousness with her iconic photography for Rolling Stone magazine. Her use of bold colours and unposed subjects have made her one of our generation’s best portrait photographers – best exampled by her most famous photo, that of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken just days before his death. She has photographed everyone from the Queen of England to victims of domestic abuse to Hillary Clinton to countless actors, artists, musicians and political figures. These are a selection of some of my favorites of her photographs.
Reese Witherspoon is the star of the October of Vogue. When Su & I first heard the news we were all, “Oh brother! *exaggerated eye roll*” because Reese Witherspoon doesn’t really feel like a Vogue cover star type any more. Turns out, she totally is! The cover is gorgeous and inviting! The editorial inside, shot by Mikael Jansson, who is such a fresh choice over the usual Leibovitz or Testino overly airbrushed monstrosities, is fun and sexy. I love every shot!
Yesterday the trailer for Inherent Vice was released. The up-coming Paul Thomas Anderson movie starring Joaquin Phoenix looks hilarious and amazing! Reese Witherspoon is also in the movie, so of course this sent Su and I into a nostalgia spiral to 2005 when Reese and Joaquin were our whole world because Walk the Line came out that year and they both looked so beautiful together! Long-time readers will remember when we called the Joaqeese and believed they were secretly in love. It was all very tragic and beautiful!
For the November 2005 issue of Vogue, Reese was the cover star, shot by Annie Leibovitz. The cover was dull and a bit awkward, but the spread inside was pure magick! Reese and Joaquin starred in an exciting, beautiful story together as Johnny and June Cash, including one shot of Reese in June’s dressing room, a shot of Joaquin and Reese posed with Steve Earle and Dolly Parton, and another of Joaquin and Reese doing an homage to an iconic shot of John and June. So beautiful! And the story stands the test of time, it still aches my chest to look at them together in such a gorgeous tribute to one of the most beloved couples in music history. Now everyone stop what you’re doing, watch the Inherent Vice trailer, then go watch Walk the Line! Off with you!
Reese Witherspoon by Mikael Jansson for Vogue, October 2014
Reese Witherspoon & Joaquin Phoenix for Vogue by Annie Leibovitz, November 2005