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Want to know how to shoot like Annie Leibovitz? This book offers her best photo tips and techniques

Annie Leibovitz At Work, published by Phaidon

For nearly fifty years, Annie Leibovitz has been documenting the contemporary world. Able to personalise even the most widely known subjects, she is recognised as one of the most influential photographers of our time.

If you've ever fancied a peek behind the scenes of an Annie Leibovitz shoot, a new edition of the bestselling book Annie Leibovitz At Work allows you to do just that.

At Work addresses young photographers and readers interested in what photographers do to make an image. Subjects include photojournalism, studio work, working with writers, and making the transition from film to digital cameras.

Annie Leibovitz At Work, published by Phaidon

Annie Leibovitz At Work, published by Phaidon

Go behind the scenes of Annie Leibovitz's images

At Work (first released in 2008 and recently out of print) reveals the inner workings of Annie Leibovitz’s practice. Inside, she shares details of her creative process and legendary career, from her early years as a young photographer for Rolling Stone to her recent work at Vanity Fair and Vogue.

Leibovitz takes the reader on a journey – from analog to digital – through some of her most unforgettable photographs and how they came to be.

Memorable subjects include the Rolling Stones tour in 1975, the famous session with John Lennon and Yoko Ono just hours before he was assassinated, Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub of milk, and portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, among many others.

Annie Leibovitz At Work

(Image credit: Annie Leibovitz At Work)

I don't have a single favourite photograph. What means the most to me is the body of my work. The accumulation of photographs over the years.

Annie Leibovitz, Annie Leibovitz At Work

What's new in the updated book?

This revised edition brings Leibovitz's bestselling book back into print.

There are three new chapters featuring photographs taken since the original publication.

The end of the book features a section dedicated to answering Annie's top ten most-asked questions, like ‘What advice do you have for a young photographer who is just starting out?’ and ‘How is photographing a celebrity different from photographing a regular person?’

Along with tips, technical preferences, and advice for photographers, Annie shares details on the camera equipment she uses, the effects of lighting, and even the importance of selecting the right music for a shoot.

Annie Leibovitz recently put her name behind the camera quality of the Google Pixel 3. 

Patti Smith, New York, 1996; Sally Mann, Lexington, Virginia, 2015.

Patti Smith, New York, 1996; Sally Mann, Lexington, Virginia, 2015. (Image credit: Annie Leibovitz)

Where can I get the book?

Annie Leibovitz At Work is out now at www.phaidon.com (opens in new tab)

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Lauren Scott
Managing Editor

Lauren is the Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, having previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) magazine, a practical-focused publication that inspires hobbyists and seasoned pros alike to take truly phenomenal shots and get the best results from their kit. 


An experienced photography journalist who has been covering the industry for over eight years, she has also served as technique editor for both PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and DCW's sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)


In addition to techniques and tutorials that enable you to achieve great results from your cameras, lenses, tripods and other photography equipment, Lauren can regularly be found interviewing some of the biggest names in the industry, sharing tips and guides on subjects like landscape and wildlife photography, and raising awareness for subjects such as mental health and women in photography.