Since my early years of photography I have always been fascinated by the work and career of Annie Leibovitz. I admire her career path starting out as a photojournalist, then transitioning to portrait photography, and most recently adapting the title of artist, who uses photography as her tool. I have spent countless hours exploring each of her photographs trying to learn the lighting, the toning, and the subject placement.
In 2008 my parents gifted me a meet and greet with the legend in Atlanta. I arrived with her book, Annie Leibovitz At Work, in hand and nervously waited for the meet and greet. I walked in, shook her hand, stuttered my name, and handed her my book to sign. I remeber thinking, "Ask her something, say something?" Then I said, "What advice do you have for a young photographer?" She looked at me smiled and said, "Just keep shooting and having experiences." To this day I slap myself for wasting an opportunity by asking such an obvious question. I was rushing for the short cut when I had not paid my dues. I wasted that moment but learned patience is the key.
Nine years later I got a second chance to meet Annie during her 'Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005 - 2016' book signing at Barnes & Noble in New York City. With some experience under my belt and a better understanding of the photo world my meet and greet was a pleasant brief chat and an exchange of gratitude. It wasn't photo focused it was a deep meaningful interaction that I will have going forward.
About the Book
'Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016' is the photographer's follow-up to her two landmark books, Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, 1970-1990 and A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005. In this new collection, Leibovitz has captured the most influential and compelling figures of the last decade in the style that has made her one of the most beloved talents of our time. Each of the photographs documents contemporary culture with an artist's eye, wit, and an uncanny ability to personalize even the most recognizable and distinguished figures.
The first thing you notice about this book is the weight and size. The book is heavy. It comes with a clear book sleeve that has the book title printed on it. The book cover and back are thick and the pages are smooth and remarkably clear when viewed in daylight. You can tell a lot of thought went into finding the right paper because the images are consistent in color and are beautiful. Inside you find portraits, work space environmental portraits, and a few detail and landscape shots. Not sure how the placement of images was decided but each photo of course has that Annie Leibovitz photo feel.
My favorite image in this book is the portrait of Sally Mann. I love this frame because of its complexity. Leibovitz's uses the environment, the subject, the light and also added a layer of reflection from the window to creating a beautifully detailed portrait.
The book also contains an essay from Alexandra Fuller, writing from Annie Leibovitz, and detailed subject caption information.
Annie Leibovitz is an American Photographer and her book 'Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005 - 2016' can be purchased here.
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