Available in four different cover photos, this at once intimate and iconic portrait collection is presented with a Marc Newson-designed book stand and a supplementary essay compendium. Annie Leibovitz, the book, is two and a half feet tall, weighs 57 pounds, and comes with its own tripod stand, making it less of a coffee table book and more of an installation... The book serves as a reminder not only of Leibovitz's undisputed talent, but also of the service she has done for us in documenting so flawlessly the most important moments and people of the past three generations. Printed in Germany, bound in Italy, the book's international production fits its contents, which are nothing less than 40 years' worth of classic and iconic photography.Reproduced with breathtaking clarity, texture, and vividness, the colors and subjects practically leaping off the page. A limited-edition and weighty affair, it's a beautiful object in itself. A design statement in your living room. When Benedikt Taschen asked the most important portrait photographer working today to collect her pictures in a SUMO-sized book, she was intrigued and challenged.
The project took several years to develop and proved to be revelatory. Annie Leibovitz drew from over 40 years of work, starting with the viscerally intimate reportage she created for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s and extending through the more stylized portraiture of her work for Vanity Fair and Vogue. Celebrated images such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono entwined in a last embrace are printed alongside portraits that have rarely, and sometimes never before, been seen. Annie Leibovitz was able to present some of her famous group portraits in a format that proves that she is the master of the genre.
Her pictures are at once intimate and iconic, wide-ranging stylistically and also uniquely hers. Annie Leibovitz is often imitated, particularly by younger photographers, but her work is somehow immediately recognizable.The bookends of the Leibovitz collection are the black-and-white photograph of Richard Nixon's helicopter lifting off from the White House lawn after he resigned as president in 1974 and the formal color portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken in a drawing room of Buckingham Palace in 2007. In between are portraits that make up a family album of our time: actors, dancers, comedians, musicians, artists, writers, performance artists, journalists, athletes, businesspeople. Performance and power are recurring themes. The Collector's Edition is available in four different covers. Whoopi Goldberg, Berkeley, California, 1984. Keith Haring, New York City, 1986. David Byrne, Los Angeles, 1986. Patti Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1978. Limited to a total of 10,000 signed and numbered copies, this book is available as Collector's Edition No. All editions come with a tripod book stand designed by Marc Newson. Annie Leibovitz's body of work encompasses some of the most well-known portraits of our time. Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970 while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape. At Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, her work with actors, directors, writers, musicians, athletes, and political and business figures, as well as her fashion photographs, expanded her collective portrait of contemporary life. Leibovitz has published several books and has exhibited widely. She is a Commandeur in the French government's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. A supplementary book contains essays by Annie Leibovitz, Steve Martin, Graydon Carter, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Paul Roth and short texts describing the subjects of each of the over 250 photographs. Distance between each leg: 86 cm 34 in. Platform: 78 x 62.5 cm 31 x 27 in. Height when positioned horizontally: 90 cm 35 in. Height when in display position: back 98 cm 39 in. , front 83 cm 33 in.
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