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Olympic Portraits

Leibovitz, Annie

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ISBN 10: 0821223666 / ISBN 13: 9780821223666
Published by Bulfinch Press / Little, Brown, 1996
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Signed and inscribed by 4 (possibly 5) Olympic athletes; including Mike Peplinski (Curling 1998) , John Peterson (Boxing Gold Medal 1976) , Jim Hain(?) (1976). Two other signatures are illegible; 1 has initials of K. B. and follows with "6 Gold '98"; the other first name is Dick, last name starts with a P or R and looks like ends in z, and follows with "1998". Book has a tiny bump at the spine head and just a bit of light rubbing at tips of corners. Very light surface scratches of rear cover. Else binding clean. Pages clean.; B&W Photographs; 11 x 8-3/4". Bookseller Inventory # 32425

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Title: Olympic Portraits

Publisher: Bulfinch Press / Little, Brown

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Gathers portraits of American athletes preparing for the Centennial Olympic games

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A celebrated, highly stylized photographer of rock stars shooting Olympic athletes? That apparent anomaly seems just right when the photographer in question is Leibovitz, whose portraiture has always managed to capture the inner turmoil lurking beneath outward calm. Wisely, she chose to shoot her athletes not in Atlanta, surrounded by hoopla, but in preparation for the games, isolated and intense. The results are stunning: a sculpted Carl Lewis in repose, achieving a Mapplethorpian elegance mixed with menace; a poised and incredibly focused Michael Johnson, suggesting all the unleashed energy it would take to run faster than anyone has ever run before; a sober U.S. women's softball team, exuding the determination that would eventually produce wild jubilation and the gold medal. What drives these stark, darkly lit black-and-white photos, though, isn't our knowledge of the eventual results in Atlanta, but a sense of the overwhelming solitary confinement of athletic training, the peculiar loneliness that comes with the obsession to excel. These haunting photos will endure beyond our memory of who won what. Ilene Cooper

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