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Annie Leibovitz Takes on ‘Game Of Thrones’ for Vanity Fair Photo Shoot

By Hanssie on March 11th 2014

Famed photographer, Anne Leibovitz traveled to Westeros, errr, Northern Ireland for the cover of the latest Vanity Fair, which features the cast from Game of Thrones.


For those of you who don’t watch the HBO series – and there possibly are only a handful of you in the world – the highly anticipated season 4 will be debuting in 25 days, 22 hours, 26 minutes and 30 seconds (at the time of writing). Game of Thrones, adapted from the wildly popular book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, is a fantasy series. Even President Obama is a fan. Apparently, he gets to see the episodes early – being the leader of the country has its perks, I guess.

See Annie at Work in this Behind the Scenes Video for the Shoot

Vanity-Fair-Game-of-Thrones-6The cast gets the Anne Leibovitz treatment in this photo shoot. Leibovitz, who has photographed everyone from, oh every single star in Hollywood and all the Disney Princesses, is one of the world’s most renowned photographers. Leibovitz, who recently recreated Disney characters using celebrities, such as Taylor Swift, David Beckham and Angelina Jolie, also weighed in on the future of photography and her creative process.

[REWIND: Annie Leibovitz for Disney Dream Portrait | BTS Celebrity Photo Shoots]

“I think photography is stronger and better than ever before. Those of us who are photographers, the difference between us and everyone else is that we take what we do very seriously.  We were always trying to capture the fleeting image. Photography came along long before we had the equipment. What is going to happen now is that we are the sensitive matter. You, the photographer, are the sensitive matter. What makes an impression on you is what will been seen. In this day and age of things moving so, so fast, we still long for things to stop, and we as a society love the still image. Every time there is some terrible or great moment, we remember the stills.”

I’ll be (im)patiently waiting until April 2nd for the premiere of season 4 of Game of Thrones, but until then, I shall grab my copy of the magazine and hope that it tides me over. The issue will be on newstands March 13th.

[Via @NY Daily News/Fastco]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Johnd529

    Thanksamundo for the post.Really thank you! Awesome. bbdedddfdffd

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  2. Arlene

    Her cover photo is wonderful! Why r u guys so crouchy. It’s hard photographing a group – especially in a small window of time.

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  3. Keith Nolan

    Another Annie Liebowitz over stylised, over assisted, overpaid piece of crap!

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  4. Eric

    This is a composite image, the lighting of the foreground doesn’t match the background, the blending done to the left of the actors is atrociously obvious, the queens hair is supposed to be blonde, the imps hair isn’t red, the crow’s coat shouldn’t be blue. and on and on.

    but she probably made a couple hundred thousand doing this shoot.

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  5. Thien Nguyen

    I believe that can shoot better cover with that much resources.

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  6. Daniel

    At least peoples arms are in the right spot this time.

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  7. Chillywilson

    I really think at this point, her crew and touch up artists are better than her. I think she lost her eye years ago and is now just stuck in these mundane cover shoots.
    I wouldn’t mind her pay but the loss of the artistic expression might not be an equal trade.

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  8. Rick

    I must say that I really don’t like the cover. Can’t really put my finger on why though; maybe it will come to me later.

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