Annie Leibovitz

Sir Sean Connery, born 1930. Actor (Nassau, Bahamas) (1993)

About this artwork

Edinburgh-born Sean Connery tried his hand at being a milkman, lifeguard, coffin-polisher and artists' model before the James Bond movies propelled him to stardom. Connery takes a lively interest in Scottish politics. He has also endowed the Scottish Education Trust with the profits of the film 'Diamonds Are Forever'. Annie Leibovitz's photograph, which was made especially for the Scottish showing of her exhibition and as a gift to Scotland, expertly captures Sean Connery's contained strength and intelligence.

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz

In 1970 a young student at the San Francisco Art Institute submitted a portfolio of photographs to the fledgling 'Rolling Stone' magazine. Within a month she was shooting its covers and three years later - aged twenty-three - was appointed its chief photographer. Annie Leibovitz was well on her way to becoming the twentieth-century's best-known photographer of celebrities, abetting the aims of America's voracious publicity machine. Massive production budgets help project a fantastic arena utterly divorced from the lives of those who consume her imagery. Her detractors accuse her of superficiality but her supporters admire the way in which she exploits the potential of surface in photographic portraiture.