Annie Leibovitz Honored
Jann recalled how he and Annie basically grew up together and wondered how they both survived those early, crazy Rolling Stone days. Tina talked about her addiction to the power of Annie's pictures and fondly reminisced about her famous Demi cover. Anna spoke sincerely about her wonderful collaboration with Annie which is often marked with arguments but always yields beautiful images. Graydon noted that he's spent half of his career working with Annie, a long and memorable partnership indeed. All acknowledged Annie's level of dedication and incredible devotion to her work.
Then Annie joined them on stage for a brief but poignant acceptance. She first said that Anna would be thrilled that she actually wore a dress for the evening and made a quip about the effort it must have taken to get these 4 to share a stage! Annie then went on to humbly accept the praise and acknowledge the masters who came before her, defined magazine photography and made this possible: Steichen, Stieglitz, Cartier-Bresson and Avedon (upon who's mention Annie paused and was visibly moved) to name a few.
As an audience member it was truly an honor and inspiration to see these 5 magazine giants share the stage and highlight the power of photography when great minds collaborate and are frozen in time on the printed page.