Title: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S LIFE: 1990-2005 - Rare ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 472 pages. Published in 2006. Exhibition Monograph. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a regular first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Annie Leibovitz and Jeff Streeper: Oversize-volume format. A tall and thick book that weighs 10 pounds. Blue cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Annie Leibovitz. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition of the same name held at The Brooklyn Museum from October 10, 2006 through January 21, 2007. The show travelled on to museums in San Diego, Atlanta, Washington, and San Francisco, The Maison Europennee de la Photographie Paris, and The National Portrait Gallery London. Presents Annie Leibovitz's "A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005". The most famous photographer in the world has emphasized: "I don't have two lives. This is one life, the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it". Perhaps, yet still, the resulting collection feels like two very different books in one massive volume: The first is her iconic oeuvre as THE preeminent photographer of celebrities of our time: Nicole Kidman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Michael Jordan, Patti Smith, Nelson Mandela, Jack Nicholson, Bill Gates, and Leonardo diCaprio, among so many others, are all here. The second is her intimate, heartbreaking, and soulful photo-narrative of her private life with Susan Sontag, the most famous American intellectual of the last quarter of the 20th century. The former is a work of joy and celebration; the latter, of sorrow and mourning. They are shown side-by-side, uneasily, unsentimentally, and unsparingly. A uniquely charismatic and well-known American politician once told Sontag that when the time came, he simply wanted to go quietly. Sontag replied that, on the contrary, she herself wanted to experience her death (because, paradoxically, she feared dying and believed in fighting for her life to the bitter end). The book shows that Leibovitz was with her the whole time, taking photographs. Never in recent memory has the process of dying been told with such painful directness. The once-beautiful, glamorous, and formidable Sontag is shown in all her vulnerability: Visibly in pain, holding back the tears, emaciated, curled like a foetus in her hospital bed, cadaverous on a stretcher, and finally, a bloated corpse. Still, there is a hopeful ending: Leibovitz's photographs of her three daughters, Sarah, Samuelle, and Susan, are luminous. The Brooklyn show attracted huge crowds. Its accompanying monograph remains Annie Leibovitz's best book, capturing a life in full. An absolute "must-have" title for Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Annie Leibovitz. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a bookplate, as many copies online are. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $750 even though some of them have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 300 plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 0375505091. Bookseller Inventory # 20056
Synopsis: ?I don?t have two lives,? Annie Leibovitz writes in the Introduction to this collection of her work from 1990?2005. ?This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.? Portraits of well-known figures?Johnny Cash, Nicole Kidman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Keith Richards, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, R2-D2, Patti Smith, Nelson Mandela, Jack Nicholson, William Burroughs, George W. Bush with members of his Cabinet?appear alongside pictures of Leibovitz?s family and friends, reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early Nineties, and landscapes made even more indelible through Leibovitz?s discerning eye. The images form a narrative rich in contrasts and continuities: The photographer has a long relationship that ends with illness and death. She chronicles the celebrations and heartbreaks of her large and robust family. She has children of her own. All the while she is working, and the public work resonates with the themes of her life.
About the Author:
Annie Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. While studying painting at the San Francisco Art Institute she took night classes in photography, and in 1970 she began doing work for Rolling Stone magazine. She became Rolling Stone?s chief photographer in 1973. By the time she left the magazine, ten years later, she had shot 142 covers. She joined the staff of Vanity Fair in 1983 and in 1998 also began working for Vogue.
In addition to her magazine editorial work, Leibovitz has created influential advertising campaigns for American Express, the Gap, and the Milk Board. She has worked with many arts organizations, including American Ballet Theatre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Her books include Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, Photographs: Annie Leibovitz, 1970-1990, Olympic Portraits, Women, and Annie Leibovitz: American Music. Exhibitions of her work have appeared at museums and galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris; and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and is the recipient of many other honors, including the Barnard College Medal of Distinction and the Infinity Award in Applied Photography from the International Center of Photography. She was decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. She lives in New York with her three children, Sarah, Susan, and Samuelle.
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