Annie Leibovitz and Alfred Stieglitz: Kindred Spirits?
Included in the pantheon of twentieth century art, are two celebrated couples Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe and Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag. Each of these powerful figures was a master in his/her particular field of endeavor. Moreover, the two couples’ complicated relationships were analogous in many ways, and yet they were also very dissimilar. My paper will primarily focus on the work of Annie Leibovitz and Alfred Stieglitz. I will strive to compare some of their photographs and to look for any clues to see how their work might have been influenced by their partners. Legendary and enormously talented, Sontag and O’Keeffe must have added richness and depth to their partners’ creations. Stieglitz has often been described as O’Keeffe’s Svengali. It will be interesting to investigate that dynamic while looking to see if a similar symbiotic relationship existed between Leibovitz and Sontag.
Keywords: Annie Leibovitz, Alfred Stieglitz, Photographers, Georgia O’Keeffe, Susan Sontag, Lesbians
Prof. Margaret Burke
Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian, Joan & Donald E. Axinn Library, Hofstra University