Annie Leibovitz Spotted Using Sony for Federer and Nadal Shoot

A group of people dressed in winter gear are on a snowy mountain. One person in the foreground is crouched down, taking a photograph with a camera. Some other individuals appear to be preparing for an activity or adjusting equipment. Snow-covered mountains are visible in the background.
Leibovitz working in the Dolomites, Italy.

The world’s most famous photographer Annie Leibovitz is known for being camera brand agnostic but it looks like she turned to Sony for her latest shoot of tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.

The photo shoot took place in Italy’s snowy Dolomites and a behind-the-scenes video reveals Leibovitz at work interacting with the tennis greats and showing them her work.

The Sony camera was spotted by a reader of Sony Alpha Rumours who sent it in anonymously but as noted by Digital Camera World the Sony logo was covered by a piece of tape.

Three people stand on snow-covered ground, closely looking at a camera screen. One person, wearing a purple beanie and glasses, holds the camera. A building, a parked truck, and other people walking are visible in the background.
Tape can be seen covering the Sony logo.

Photographer takes a picture of two men posing on a snowy mountain peak. Another person holds a large reflector above the subjects, aiding in lighting for the shot. All individuals are dressed in warm clothing suitable for cold weather. The background is overcast.

Earlier this year, PetaPixel noticed that full EXIF data was still intact on the photos Leibovitz had taken for Scandinavian furniture and housewares chain IKEA as part of its Artist in Residence campaign which has the goal of better representing how media presents the reality of life at home.

Annie Leibovitz's photo for Ikea from Germany

Leibovitz broke with photographic norms and expectations of her work in the creation of those images. For starters, Leibovitz is known for using prime lenses but for two images, chose zooms. But beyond that, she not only used different cameras for each photo, but she also used wholly different sensor formats and manufacturers.

A photo shot in Japan was taken on a Fujifilm GFX 100 II through a GF32-64mm f/4 R LM WR at 41.8mm. In contrast, her photo from Germany was shot on a Sony Alpha 1 through a 16-35mm f/2.8 GM (the original, not the new one announced last year) at 30mm.

The EXIF data also shows that both photos were shot in November: she was in Japan on November 5 and in Germany just four days later on November 9.

Clearly, Leibovitz likes to jump around on cameras but then why not if the access is available to her.

Digital Camera World notes that she has also been known to use a Mamiya RZ67, a Hasselblad 500 C/M, a Hasselblad H5D, a Minolta SRT 101, a Nikon D810, a Fuji 6×9 medium format camera, and a Canon 5D Mark II.

Image credits: Courtesy of Vogue.