Annie Leibovitz at Work
Ever wondered what the most celebrated photographer of her time is really like in front of, as well as behind the camera? This book gives you an insight into the artist herself, including personal notes as well as great chapters on her work photographing the most famous and powerful to the woman next door.
It showcases behind-the-scenes pictures of some of her most famous photographs, from early snaps for Rolling Stone to portraits of The Queen, a naked and pregnant Demi Moore to the last ever photograph taken of John Lennon, nude and curled around Yoko Ono.
Originally published in 2008, this revised and updated edition brings Leibovitz's bestselling book back into print. But this isn't simply a chart of one of the most influential photographers of our time who, over five decades, has produced portraits for covers as iconic as Vanity Fair and Vogue. Nor is it simply a celebration of a women who has been made a commandeur in the French government's Ordre des Arts et de Lettres and designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
Her work may be exhibited in museums across the world yet her in 256 pages, Annie Leibovitz, addresses young photographers and readers interested in what photographers do. There is an opportunity to learn about her technique and approach and gain from her advice.
The audience of course is much wider: any reader interested in contemporary history will be fascinated by her account of one of the richest bodies of work in the photographic canon. The subjects include photojournalism, studio work, photographing dancers and athletes, working with writers, and making the transition from shooting with film to working with digital cameras.
The Guardian described Annie Leibovitz as "one of the most aesthetically gifted photographers alive" while Oprah Winfrey said, "Whether she's photographing the famous and powerful – or simply the woman next door – Annie always captures something unexpected and deeply personal."
Whether you're a photographer or not, this truly is a book that anyone can treasure.
Annie Leibovitz at Work is published by Phaidon