Five-hundred Los Angeles influencers gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Tuesday for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Projects Council’s luncheon, which honored legendary lenswoman Annie Leibovitz with the 7th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts. Former first lady of California Maria Shriver presented the honor to Leibovitz, whose work highlights include the iconic image of John Lennon naked on a bed with Yoko Ono and the Vanity Fair cover of a pregnant and nude Demi Moore as well as countless other famous images of every celebrity, rock star and politician one can name.
Leibovitz showed photos and read from her new book Pilgrimage (images from which are currently being exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum). Being in California was a returning home of sorts for the photographer, who said the state was where she “learned to be a photographer” when she started her career working for Rolling Stone while she was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. We’ve always loved Leibovitz’s work, but after hearing her speak, we are now fully obsessed and inspired.