Title: Annie Leibovitz at Work
Author: Annie Leibovitz
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: November 18, 2008
Source/Format: Library / Hardcover, 240 pages
Opening Sentence: I forgot to get it before returning the book. Sorry.
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Annie Leibovitz 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 a Rolling Stones Tour, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, The Blues Brothers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keith Haring, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Patti Smith, George W. Bush, William S. Burroughs, Kate Moss and Queen Elizabeth. The most celebrated photographer of our time discusses portraiture, reportage, fashion photography, lighting, and digital cameras.
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book. It was about photography and that’s about all I knew, aside from random people stating it was interesting to read.
If you’re looking for a lot of backstory and personal details on Annie Leibovitz this is not the book for you. Rather, it’s about—as the title states—the work she has done, the processes on each shoot, successes and pitfalls, et cetera.
I was thoroughly impressed with the whole thing and can hardly think of anything I didn’t like in the entirety of the book. The writing is quick and to the point but never boring. It was captivating and I’m sure interesting even to people who don’t have a particularly strong interest in photography. Leibovitz doesn’t stay on one topic for too long, rather presenting an array of topics and different jobs (photo shoots) in separated chunks and always accompanied by at least one photograph each.
Again, I was pleased with Annie Leibovitz at Work, though I do think you should probably be at least a tad interested in photography if you plan to read it. That’s pretty much all I have to say about it. You get a really great look at not only Annie Leibovitz and her work, but also her subjects and how they interact with each other. I thought it was fantastic and absolutely worthy of five stars.