Another secret of Leibovitz's success is her careful pre-shoot research of her subjects: she reads their books or poetry, sees their movies or performances, and when possible, spends time observing their daily lives.Her best-known photographs feature actress Whoopi Goldberg with only her face, arms, and legs peeking out of a bathtub full of milk; TV star Roseanne Arnold mud-wrestling with her husband Tom; and the artist Christo wrapped in fabric like one of his artworks.When Rolling Stone began printing in color in 1974, she started using color film, staging elaborate scenes for the magazine's covers.She explained to Art News, "When I was in school, I wasn't taught anything about lighting, I was only taught black-and-white.The photographs she produced as she traveled and lived with the Stones have been called "some of the most eloquent images ever made of the world of Rock and Roll." That project and growing acclaim for Rolling Stone made Leibovitz a big name among contemporary photographers.
She worked on a kibbutz, a collectively run farm, in Israel for several months in 1969.He began giving her assignments, paying her a week before she had even graduated from college.Leibovitz recalled, "I can never forget the sensation of being at a newsstand and seeing for the first time my photograph transformed into the Rolling Stone cover."By 1973, when she was only 23 years old, Leibovitz had become chief photographer for Rolling Stone; she stayed with the magazine for ten more years.And I almost lost it." Leibovitz has admitted that it took her five years to "get off the tour," but she did, and her career continued to climb.Leibovitz's early photographs were in black and white.
During that time she traveled around the country and the world photographing everyone who was anyone in pop music.