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Annie Leibovitz Color Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald [color photoprint], 1988

Leibovitz, Annie 1949-
American Express New York
Fitzgerald, Ella
Physical description:
Dye on paper, approx. 15" x 12," in mat with Mylar overlay, 21-3/8" x 18-1/8"
0.01 cu. ft.: 1 item in 1 folder
Color prints (photographs)
Collection descriptions
Chromogenic color prints
Chromogenic processes
Born in Westport, Connecticut. Fine arts degree, San Francisco Art Institute, 1971. Leibovitz's career began in 1970, when she began photographing for Rolling Stone magazine; in 1973, she became the chief photographer. Later worked for Life, Vogue, Esquire, Time and Newsweek. In 1983 a 60-print show of her work toured Europe and the United States. The accompanying book, "Annie Leibovitz: Photographs," was a best-seller. Currently works for Vanity Fair. Published "Olympic Portraits," in June 1996 during Summer Olympic Games. Based in New York City.
Image shows Ella Fitzgerald in red dress and hat with fur (designed by Don Loper), posed with a Mercedez-Benz automobile. The picture was created for an American Express Card advertisement, ca. 1987, part of a popular "portraits" campaign for American Express, for which the photographer won the Clio Award and the Campaign of the Decade Award from Advertising Age magazine. Color printing process unidentified.
Cite as:
Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald by Annie Leibovitz, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist
Mercedes automobile
Local number:
1997.3036 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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