U.S. photographer Leibovitz wins top prize in Spain

AFP-JIJI

Spain honored the U.S. photographer Annie Leibovitz, known for her iconic portraits of a naked John Lennon and a pregnant Demi Moore, with its top humanities prize on Thursday.

The Prince of Asturias prize jury hailed Leibovitz, 63, as “one of the driving forces of world photojournalism,” in a statement naming her the winner of its Communication and Humanities award.

Connecticut-born Leibovitz is one of the world’s top portrait photographers, with snaps of the powerful and famous that have made the front pages of magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, where she started out in 1970.

Her imaginative compositions have marked her out, such as those of the Beatles singer Lennon and wife Yoko Ono curled up naked together or of U.S. sprinter Carl Lewis in high heels.

One of her best-known magazine cover photos depicted Moore caressing her own belly, naked and seven months pregnant, in 1991.

The €50,000 (¥6.5 million) Prince of Asturias awards are given out annually in the fields of arts, communication and humanities, scientific and technical research, social science, international understanding and sport.