Alfred, Walt & Annie

"A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people. "

For a few years now Annie Leibovitz has been photographing celebrities for Vanity Fair, re-creating and reinventing famous movie scenes and posters (from works by people such as Walt Disney andAlfred Hitchcock) and even did a series of fictional movie stills, based on film noir.

Always beautifully composed (and not to mention, edited) I always look forward Leibovitz's editorials and have yet to be disappointed. In a spontaneous celebration of her work, here are some of my all time favourites.

A visually stunning image of Julianne Moore as Ariel and Michael Phelps aptly posed as a Merman from Disney's The Little Mermaid.

A magical image of Gisele Bundchen as Wendy, Tina Fey as Tinkerbell and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan from Disney's adaptation of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan".

Bewitching: Keira Knightley as Dorothy and artist Jeff Koons as a flying monkey from the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz.

In a fictional film noir shady businessmen Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire try to strike up a deal....

.... as detective Alec Baldwin interrogates screen siren Jennifer Connelly watched closely by police officer Aaron Eckhart....

.... while the ever-elegant Judi Dench and Helen Mirren wait patiently in the getaway car.

The Alfred Hitchcock collection in particular, I adored.

Poised: Jodie Foster as Melanie Daniels, Tippi Hedren's character in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963).

A captivating and evocative image of Renée Zellweger as Kim Novak's character from 1958's Vertigo.

An approprately cast Scarlett Johansson as Grace Kelly and a brooding Javier Bardem as James Stewart in my personal favourite Hitchcock movie, 1954's Rear Window.

New goal in life - To emulate an iconic move in an editorial photographed by Annie Leibovitz.


iñaki said...

I love Annie because everything she makes is so cinematic. She is a genius! Two of my favourite pictures ever are that one of Helen and Judi (almost fell over when I saw them on Vanity Fair) and Beckham as Snowwhite's Prince.

Jack Murphy said...

Cinematic is the perfect word!
I think the Julianne Moore as Ariel might be my favourite, it's been my desktop background for a while now and the Vertigo poster is also a particular favourite.