Like Aphrodite rising from the sea
Like Aphrodite rising from the sea. Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is one of the great known actresses of our time. Charlize Theron wears Calvin Klein Collection on the cover of Vogue’s December 2011 issue. “It’s been nice to rediscover myself,” says Charlize Theron. Alexander McQueen silver glass-and-metal beaded dress. Fashion Editor: Camilla Nickerson.
‘It was life-changing—it opened a lot of doors’, Theron says of her 2004 Oscar win. “But it made poeple have a lot of opinions about what should happen next.” Marchesa pale-blue tulle dress with
Annie Liebovitz photographed Charlize Theron emerging from the ocean in a wet silver Calvin Klein dress for the cover of Vogue’s December issue.
From her first assignments for Rolling Stone in the early 1970s to her defining images of celebrity found in Vanity Fair since 1983, Annie Liebovitz has changed the way Americans see the twentieth century. Capturing both the glamorous and the banal sides of celebrity, she has also transformed the way other photographers have captured the twentieth century on film. For three decades, Liebovitz
has crafted an image of the twentieth century as the American century, indelibly marked by a fascination with celebrity.
Liebovitz is a magazine photographer, shooting commissioned photographs on a deadline. She has, unlike some of her contemporaries, worked within the conventions of magazine photography, rarely
testing limits, except perhaps those of the imagination. And yet, her commercial photography always bears her personal mark, her distinct vision of celebrity and of our world. She is a fan of her subjects, but in the 1990s, she is also one of them—a celebrity photographer of celebrities. However, Liebovitz, again unlike her contemporaries, rarely photographs herself. She feels so personally defined by the way she sees the world through the camera, that she cannot imagine herself on the other side of it. This modesty, settled comfortably amidst the
power of her art and the fame of her images, makes Liebovitz an uncommon celebrity at the end of the twentieth century.
Screen Siren. “It’s been nice to rediscover myself,” says Theron. Alexander McQueen silver glass-and-metal beaded dress. Fashion Editor: Camilla Nickerson