There is no other photographer like Annie Leibovitz because she has the innate ability to bring life and light to the subjects in her photographs.
This US Vogue editorial was shot in 2003 and stars Natalia Vodianova as Alice. Honestly, I’ve always wondered what the fuss is about Natalia but after seeing these images I now see her in a whole new light. What’s bizaar about that is these shots are six years old!
Also featured in this editorial are designers of the couture modeled by Natalia. Annie has become known for her elaborate editorials for magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.
How great is this shot of Alice after she drinks the potion so she then grows too big for the room. I love Vodianova’s expression in this shot, and the colour of the dress is gorgeous.
I can only imagine the size of her budget for this scale of work. Most other photographers can only dream of having the budget she must have to work with.
The logistics of organizing a shoot of this scale is mind-boggling. Getting the designers to agree to the shoot too would not have been easy I’m sure (the size of the egos involved – can you imagine?).
Brilliant but eccentric designers Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren as Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee is casting genius! Magically Annie uses her lens to bring these characters to life. How does she get her subjects to show such depth? You can see it in their eyes, their facial expression and in their body language.
Alice joins Christian Lacroix as the March Hare and Milliner Stephen Jones as the Mad Hatter for tea.
John Galliano (wearing a Dior Haute Couture coat) as the Queen of Hearts looks like he had a ball doing this shoot. He is accompanied by his King, Alexis Roche.
Donatella Versace as the Gryphon and Rupert Everett as the Mock Turtle, his sorrow is that “once, I was a real turtle”. Annie’s work is now so stylised that it is not difficult to know you are looking at a Leibovitz photograph. Much like knowing a garment is made by Chanel, you just know, it’s unmistakable.
Although these days I’m sure all Annie has to do is turn up and take the picture because all the hard work is done by staff. But she still has to start with a vision and a concept.
Did I mention that the couture is to-die-for? Goes without saying really.