French President Emmanuel Macron invited portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz to follow him for a few days. Tuesday, March 13 and the following days, the American photographer photographed Emmanuel Macron both at the Elysée Palace and during one of his travels in Indre-et-Loire. She will also be with him at the Salon du Livre.
The American photographer made a portrait of the President and his wife, Brigitte Macron to be published in Vanity Fair‘s Anglo-Saxon magazine. The official portrait photographer of Vanity Fair had lunch at the Elysée with 26 museum directors in France.
This is the very first photographer invited by the president and his communication service. So far, Soazig de La Moissonnière was his only official photographer. The French head of state had so far invited two novelists. Philippe Besson had been able to follow Emmanuel Macron’s campaign at the headquarters of En Marche while Emmanuel Carrère had followed the president during the trip to Saint-Martin, after Hurricane Irma. In India, the president also met the Indian artist Subodh Gupta, whose retrospective will be presented to the Monnaie de Paris from 13 April.
By inviting Annie Leibovitz, Emmanuel Macron is following an approach similar to that of Valérie Giscard d’Estaing and Raymond Depardon (1974, part of the campaign). Annie Leibovitz also took the portrait of Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni for their ten years of marriage.