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A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005 [Hardcover]

Annie Leibovitz
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19 Oct 2006

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. 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.


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (19 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224080636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224080637
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 25.8 x 34.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Leibovitz is the recipient of many honours, including both first and second place in the American Society of Magazine Editors' recent compilation of the forty top magazine covers of the past forty years. She is renowned for her work in Vanity Fair, Vogue and Rolling Stone. Leibovitz was designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000 and an Officier in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2002. Smithsonian Magazine named her one of the thirty-five Innovators of Our Time in November 2005. Jonathan Cape have published three books of her photographs: Women, with Susan Sontag (1999), American Music (2003) and A Photographer's Life (2006). She lives in New York City.

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"an exceptionally eloquent manifestation of her grieving" -- Joanna Pitman, The Times

"It is at once harrowing and enriching" -- Daily Telegraph

Chosen by Judith Flanders -- The Sunday Telegraph Christmas Books.

Christmas Books. `...made an impression on me'
-- Roger Lewis, Mail On Sunday

`whether images of Uma Thurman, or a pregnant Demi Moore, they
reveal a naturalness not readily seen from celebrities'
-- Daily Express, 25 October 2006

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An inspired and original photographic narrative composed from Annie Leibovitz's personal pictures and her work as a professional photographer.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good photos, poor book 4 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have mixed feelings about this book. I'm a bit of a fan of Leibovitz's celebrity work, and the studio photos were indeed excellent (if you're considering this book, you'll probably have seen many of them before).

The 'best-the-scenes' photos of Leibovitz's life were also interesting. They didn't hold my attention too long, but they certainly had some interesting moments, and will be interesting to you if you want to find out more about her life.

The most disappointing aspect of this book is the production; many of the best photos have been split across two pages, so that the centre of attention is right down the spine in the middle, hidden in the binding. To take such beautiful photos and present them so badly doesn't say much for the publisher. It's a shame.

Nevertheless, they don't all suffer from this problem. It's a worthy purchase, if quite pricey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The personal and public in pictures 23 Dec 2008
By purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This book is the companion piece to the exhibition currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery in London and which will be there until February 2009. It covers photos from 1990 onwards. There are the familiar, staged photographs of the famous that you may have seen in Vanity Fair, or another glossy, and then there are the family snaps.

It's interesting when the photographer, the recorder, is pretty much as famous as the person whose image she captures- the effect somehow shows in these pictures. There are some fascinating photos:

* an impossibly young looking Bill Clinton poses in the oval office
* Demi Moore's famous pregnant photo
* Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes stare at us from behind a car windscreen and remind me of an Edward Hopper painting
* George W Bush and his senior team: Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice et al look very fit and at ease with the world
* Willie Nelson could be an American Indian chief in a portrait where he looks as if he has been carved out of wood
* Great sports pictures.... not so impressive, except in size, are the landscapes

And then the family snaps - there is the odd formal portrait but mostly she photographs the personal: her mother's 80th birthday, her lover Susan Sontag looking glamorous in Venice, then looking very ill, then being loaded into an air ambulance and then laid out for her funeral, Liebovitz's new born daughter, her visibly aging parents. Her mother has a habit of raising her leg in the air, stretching it out like a dancer - my family had a 'physical exuberance' says Liebovitz. They are touching pictures.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Textures of Mortality 15 Dec 2006
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
You have a great treat ahead of you.

If a great portrait photographer can wring powerful meaning from people she barely knows, imagine what she can do with those she knows and loves. That's the exciting door that Annie Leibovitz opens for us in publishing A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005. Walk through that door, and you'll never be the same.

While there are many wonderful celebrity portraits in the volume, those mostly pale my comparison to the intimate portraits from Ms. Leibovitz's personal life. In many ways, Ms. Leibovitz's life is both mundane and extraordinary . . . and these images help us see more deeply into both.

As she hints in the introduction, Ms. Leibovitz sees each person as small and fleeting in terms of the universe . . . but large and important in the moment terms of the uniqueness of that person and that moment for those whose lives are touched at the time. The iconic photographs of Susan Sontag dwarfed by the opening to Petra in Jordan and sitting on the Great Pyramid capture this sense beautifully. But so do photographs of celebrities (like Cindy Crawford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Carrey, and Sylvester Stallone) looking as they never looked before or since.

Ms. Leibovitz is unafraid to reveal herself which adds to the dynamic of this book themed around the fleeting nature of human life. You'll see her partially undraped with camera in hand creating a series of four self portraits. The serious look in her eyes belies the sensuality of her torso. Having chosen motherhood in her fifties, you'll also see her fully exposed in her pregnant state in a portrait that echoes the famous magazine cover of a pregnant Demi Moore.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Textures of Mortality 6 Aug 2007
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
You have a great treat ahead of you.

If a great portrait photographer can wring powerful meaning from people she barely knows, imagine what she can do with those she knows and loves. That's the exciting door that Annie Leibovitz opens for us in publishing A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005. Walk through that door, and you'll never be the same.

While there are many wonderful celebrity portraits in the volume, those mostly pale my comparison to the intimate portraits from Ms. Leibovitz's personal life. In many ways, Ms. Leibovitz's life is both mundane and extraordinary . . . and these images help us see more deeply into both.

As she hints in the introduction, Ms. Leibovitz sees each person as small and fleeting in terms of the universe . . . but large and important in the moment terms of the uniqueness of that person and that moment for those whose lives are touched at the time. The iconic photographs of Susan Sontag dwarfed by the opening to Petra in Jordan and sitting on the Great Pyramid capture this sense beautifully. But so do photographs of celebrities (like Cindy Crawford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Carrey, and Sylvester Stallone) looking as they never looked before or since.

Ms. Leibovitz is unafraid to reveal herself which adds to the dynamic of this book themed around the fleeting nature of human life. You'll see her partially undraped with camera in hand creating a series of four self portraits. The serious look in her eyes belies the sensuality of her torso. Having chosen motherhood in her fifties, you'll also see her fully exposed in her pregnant state in a portrait that echoes the famous magazine cover of a pregnant Demi Moore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A photographer's life
An intimate and poignant collection of photographs detailing the photographer's professional and personal life for 15 years. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by Anniebrt
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I bought this as a present for my sister and she absolutely thrilled with it. And for me it was by far the best price around. Quickly delivered and well packaged and protected. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving tribute to one of the greats
Extraordinary. I've always been ambivalent about Leibovitz' work. I could never decide whether she was famous because she shot celebrities and couldn't get a grip on what defined... Read more
Published on 6 April 2009 by J. Mower
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration
Not a cheap book by any means but well produced an an important work for anyone interested in the photography of the late 20th and early 21st century. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2009 by Dr Zeus
4.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of Life
I, personally, loved this book. Annie had photographs compiled to show us LIFE, not just a compilation of her best works. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2009 by E. C. Carnochan
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible sensibility
Miss Leibovitz work printed in this book gives the reader a chance to experience some particularly interesting moments in her personal. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2008 by Fausto Carvalho
3.0 out of 5 stars More than a life document?
I must say that I never considered Ms Leibovitz to be an outstanding

photographer. When I ordered the book I thought, wrongly, I might have a chance to review my... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2007 by F. J. Craveiro de Carvalho
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