One of the most celebrated photographers of our time presents a selection of her work of the last fifteen years. The material documents the arc of Leibovitz's relationship with her companion, Susan Sontag, who died in 2004; the birth of her three daughters; and many events involving her large and robust family, including the death of her father. ...Read MoreOne of the most celebrated photographers of our time presents a selection of her work of the last fifteen years. The material documents the arc of Leibovitz's relationship with her companion, Susan Sontag, who died in 2004; the birth of her three daughters; and many events involving her large and robust family, including the death of her father. The book is permeated with strong emotions. Leibovitz's passion for her family and friends is part of a larger passion that extends to the subjects of her professional work, and the two worlds meet thematically. Portraits of public figures include the pregnant Demi Moore, Nelson Mandela in Soweto, Jack Nicholson on Mulholland Drive, Bill Clinton in the Oval Office, William Burroughs in Kansas, and Agnes Martin in Taos. Over 300 photographs are accompanied by an essay by Leibovitz that discusses the circumstances under which the work was made, both technically and logistically, and her relationships with and thoughts about many of the subjects.Read Less
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New. 'I don't have two lives, ' Annie Leibovitz writes in the Introduction to this collection of her work from 1990 to 2005. 'This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it. ' Portraits of well-known figures-Johnny Cash, Nicole Kidman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Keith Richards, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, R2-D2, Patti Smith, Nelson Mandela, Jack Nicholson, and William Burroughs-appear alongside pictures of Leibovitz's family and friends, reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early Nineties, and landscapes. The pictures form a narrative of a life rich in contrasts and continuities. The photographer has a long relationship that ends with illness and death. She chronicles the celebrations and heartbreaks of her large and robust family. She has children of her own. All the while, she is working, and the public work resonates with the themes of the life. 'I don't have two lives, ' Annie Leibovitz writes. 'This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it. ' The result is a compelling book with well-known faces, Leibovitz's family and friends, and stunning landscapes taken from 1990 to 2005.
Like Liebovitz's first big anthology (Photographs 1970-1990) this compilation by the now premiere portrait photographer in the world (selected by the Royal Family to photograph and commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee-as a portrait photographer you can't get any assignment even approaching the prestige of this) is every bit as astonishing technically, and, finally, a great deal more personal-Annie has remained somewhat a pretty private person for many years-than the earlier magnum opus. Best example: a completely nude full height shot of Annie herself (taken by her long-time companion the intellectual giant Susan Sontag) in profile with enormous breasts, a huge pendulous and pregnant belly and no cosmetic or other adornment whatsoever. THAT, my friends, is as courageous a photograph, and it's full-page publication authentically heroic. This book is a treasure, extraordinarily well made with the best of materials and production values. How it could "disappoint" someone who purports to be a longtime fan of the artist is quite beyond my comprehension. The controversial photo essay of the protracted death from cancer of Annie's lover Susan Sontag is heartbreaking when you think of how the photographer must have agonized.
Nov 8, 2008
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Big disappointment for fans of Liebovitz's work. I can't even say if it was something extremely personal on her part and viewers will miss what she was up to, or if it was just thrown together by her FOR THE MONEY. NOT what was expected by a long shot.
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