Look back at Annie Leibovitz’ era-defining photos from the 70s and early 80s

The early years...

Annie Leibovitz began working as a photographer in the early 1970s. In contrast to the glittering, disco-fuelled picture that is oft referenced of this slice of history, America was divided. A deep-rooted despair over the political climate was taking over. Unlike today, the lines had yet to be properly drawn between journalists and the people they covered – pop culture and politics collided – so Leibovitz had access that would now be considered unheard of.

Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years, 1970–1983 (published by Taschen), features iconic imagery during this pivotal era , including the Vietnam War protests and Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974. The book’s pages are animated by many familiar faces, among them Andy Warhol, Diana Vreeland, Joan Didion, Ken Kesey, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Take a sneak peek below…

Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years, 1970–1983 is published by Taschen (£40), you can buy the book online here.

Photography© Annie Leibovitz. From Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years, 1970–1983 is published by Taschen.
TextEmma Firth