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Annie Leibovitz to keynote 2008 Rowell Lecture in San Francisco

UPDATE: Rescheduled for April 16, 2008.
UPDATE: Location announced, tickets now available.

Noted American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz will be the keynote speaker at the 2008 Rowell Lecture, scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th at the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. in San Francisco. A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m., program check-in starts at 6:45 p.m., and the main program itself will run from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are now available at the Commonwealth Club of California website.

One of the most celebrated photographers of our time, Annie Leibovitz has been making witty, powerful images documenting American popular culture since the early 1970s, when her work began appearing in Rolling Stone. She became the magazine's chief photographer in 1973, and ten years later began working for Vanity Fair, and then Vogue, creating a legendary body of work. In addition to her magazine work, Leibovitz has created influential advertising campaigns for American Express, Gap, Givenchy, The Sopranos, and the Milk Board.

A retrospective of her work from the years 1970 to 1990 was presented at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Leibovitz is the recipient of many honors, including the rank of Commandeur in the French government's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Barnard College Medal of Distinction. She was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000 and one of the thirty-five Innovators of Our Time by Smithsonian magazine in 2005.

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