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A Photographer's Life : 1990-2005
by Annie Leibovitz


Overview - “ I don’ t have two lives, ” Annie Leibovitz writes in the Introduction to this collection of her work from 1990— 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, William Burroughs, George W.  Read more...

 
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Overview
“ I don’ t have two lives, ” Annie Leibovitz writes in the Introduction to this collection of her work from 1990— 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, William Burroughs, George W. Bush with members of his Cabinet– appear alongside pictures of Leibovitz’ s family and friends, reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early Nineties, and landscapes made even more indelible through Leibovitz’ s discerning eye. The images form a narrative 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 her life.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375505096
  • ISBN-10: 0375505091
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publish Date: October 2006
  • Page Count: 472


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Books > Photography > Photoessays & Documentaries
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The years in pictures

Annie Leibovitz has photographed some of the most famous faces of our time, creating iconic portraits in her work for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Gap, American Express and others. The images in A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005 go from color to black-and-white, landscape to portraiture, artists (Baryshnikov, Welty, Avedon) to revolutionaries (Mandela, Bill Gates), Hollywood to war-torn Sarajevo. Leibovitz makes frequent use of four-panel spreads, especially when documenting her family. Sometimes, however, one photograph is enough: waves crashing into the Havana shore; Philip Johnson at his Glass House; a portrait of Susan Sontag, Leibovitz's companion, with cropped white hair melting into a thick black turtleneck. Intimate photos of Sontag—working, breakfasting in Venice, coping with and finally succumbing to cancer—punctuate the years chronicled in A Photographer's Life.

A companion exhibition to the book opened at the Brooklyn Museum in October and a documentary about Leibovitz (directed by her sister Barbara) will air on PBS' "American Masters" series in January. After emotionally draining years during which Leibovitz lost both her father and Sontag and then celebrated the birth of twins, it's a particularly apt time for a retrospective of her life and career.

 
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