If you’ve followed us around here at theMET for the past six months you’ll know that we have a mild obsession with photographer Annie Leibovitz. There is just something so unique and magical about her photos that immediately draws the viewer in, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. What’s even better than just looking at her photos, however, is reading about the stories behind them.
In her new book, Annie Leibovitz at Work, she describes how her pictures were made, starting with Richard Nixon’s resignation, a story she covered with Hunter S. Thompson, and ending with Barack Obama’s campaign. In between are everyone from the Rolling Stones Tour, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, The Blues Brothers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keith Haring, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Patti Smith, to George W. Bush, William S. Burroughs, Kate Moss and Queen Elizabeth.
Then, in Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens we get to know the woman behind the lens. We’ll get to see what shaped her life including childhood, the tumultuous sixties, her transition from Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair magazine and later her most significant personal relationships including motherhood.
And finally, with Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images we get to take a look back on the 20th century with not just Annie’s pictures but those of Edward Steichen, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, and David LaChapelle. This comprehensive 384 page book is a collection of art and history that’s married in a way that allows the reader to re-live the past while experiencing some of our most iconic cultural and political images of years past. More than just books and a CD, I’d love this gift pack because it inspires me to want to take up photography. I’ve always thought that seeing life through a lens would give me a greater appreciation for life. Related: Romeo and Juliet by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue Michelle Obama by Annie Leibovitz Just an Amazing Eye: Why I Love Photographer, Annie Leibovitz Where Celebrities + Art Meet: Vanity Fair Portraits at LACMA, Now-3/1/09 KGB-licious? Louis Vuitton Ad featuring Mikhail Gorbachev Please Welcome Liz Lemon!!!!!