Photographer Annie Leibovitz reflects on legendary career, hardships and learning with age – CBS News


For almost five decades, photographer Annie Leibovitz has built a portfolio that could serve as a chronicle of American culture. She began her career in 1970 as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine and went on to shoot some of the most iconic portraits of our time. She earned a reputation as a relentless perfectionist by way of her stylized, high-concept settings. The Library of Congress in 2000 designated her a living legend. Leibovitz spoke with “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose about her her latest book of portraits, her life and her remarkable work.

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San Francisco’s MOMA texts modern art to suit your mood

I can’t express how cool I think this idea is.  I hope other’s pick it up and offer something similar!

Museum’s like NYC’s Met and the Smithsonian are becoming more egalitarian by releasing high-res images from their collections, letting you curate your own virtual tours. However, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has taken another approach, letting you receive artwork via text messages. With its new “Send Me SFMOMA” project, all you need to do is send a text with the words “Send Me” followed by a mood, color or something specific you want to see.

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Marvel’s new television series ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ will premiere Friday, Sept. 29, on ABC

Well, this should be fun!!!

The legendary comic book series will be brought to life in a way that has never been done before, as a version of the first two episodes will be shown globally in IMAX theaters for a two-week period, beginning Sept. 1. ABC will then air the entirety of the series throughout this fall on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.

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10 Ways to Travel the World Without Breaking the Bank

Over the years I’ve had the privilege of traveling all around the world. While that may sound posh or even luxurious, I can say that my experiences are far from it. In fact, some of my best times traveling were when I spent the least. I know to some that doesn’t sound realistic, but believe it or not, you can see the world on a shoestring budget. Here’s how:

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Flipping Horseshoe Crabs

We spent Memorial Day weekend by visiting Wildwoods Boardwalk for the first time so we thought this past weekend we would hit the Delaware Bay side of this strip of New Jersey we currently inhabit.

I had read that “Horseshoe Crabs” would be on the beach in the hundreds (or more) as it was their spawning time. Apparently, Delaware Bay has the largest population of horseshoe crabs in the world and considering they are basically a “living fossil”, it’s about the closest you can get to something like a dinosaur. I also read about something called “flipping” the crabs. So, of course I had to find out what all the fuss was about.

I found information on the “flipping” of the crabs at New Jersey Audubon so armed with this information, headed out to do some “flipping”.

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You can’t always help.

Reading some sad news stories this morning has made me realize that YOU can’t help everyone, especially if they don’t want your help or identify you as a source of their problems.

Hopefully they will find someone who can help them. Someone they let in and recognize as a source of comfort. It’s just that in some cases that person they need will not be you.

I don’t know how your suppose to handle that situation, I only know it exists. Sometimes, it seems, when the wrong person tries to help they actually end up making the situation worse.

The world can be such a confusing place. People are all so different. What helps one person hurts another. Sometimes it just makes you turn away & look only to self-preservation.

I think many, many folks are in this state of being right now – just trying to survive without doing more harm.

It can make for a very cold & lonely world.

Wrapping up Alaska

As I previously mentioned, my husband and I are in the middle of moving from Alaska to the mid-Atlantic Coastal region of the “Lower 48”.  After three years of living in the USA’s “Last Frontier”, it’s been a bit of a job to get everything together in preparation for this move.

This has been made more difficult by the fact that my husband is already in the Lower 48 as he had to start his new job before we could catch the ferry out of Alaska.  So I’ve been dealing with the packing & sorting & organizing & planning (*whew*) by myself.  But all of this is finally coming to a close.

This weekend was beautiful here in Whittier, Alaska so I got out to grab a few photos before we leave.  Often the weather here is very questionable (the locals have a saying that goes like “It’s always sh*ttier in Whittier” – which is unfair but has an element of truth to it – it rains here  – A LOT!)  So I wanted to take advantage of the good weather before the rains returned.

You may have come across some news articles about this remote, small town in Alaska.  It has been featured on some national news programs such as Welcome To Whittier, Alaska, A Community Under One Roof from NPR’s “All Things Considered” and CNN’sNorthern Enclosure, Alaska’s One-House Town, Home to Hundreds primarily because of the unique housing most of the residents here utilize.

The 14-story condominium building, Begich Towers (locally known as BTI), where most of the population lives.

Most, but by all means not “all”, of Whittier’s residents reside in the 14-story building named “Begich Towers”.  Locals refer to it simply as the “BTI”.  There is another condominium building in Whitter, simply called the Whittier Manor and if the residents don’t live in BTI they pretty much live in the Manor.  There really aren’t any other choices besides a handful of “dry cabins”.

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