“I cried for a month. I didn’t realize until later how far the work on the book had taken me through the grieving process. It’s the closest thing to who I am that I’ve ever done.” – Annie Leibovitz, Introduction to A Photographer’s Life
Perhaps the most famous living American photographer, Annie Leibovitz’s photographs have ignited controversy and inspired wonder since her career began at Rolling Stone Magazine in the 1970s. Her deeply personal photographic memoir A Photographer’s Life follows the years 1990 – 2005 and includes well-known portraits such as Demi Moore, Brad Pitt, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, Keith Richards, and Michael Jordan. These iconic images appear alongside disturbing war scenes, like bloody hand prints of Tutsi schoolchildren on a bathroom wall in Rwanda. “I’m not a journalist. A journalist doesn’t take sides, and I don’t want to go through life like that,” she writes in the Introduction. “I have a more powerful voice as a photographer if I express a point of view.” Mixed among the famous faces and foreign landscapes are Leibovitz’s personal photos. The book includes touching pictures of her parents swimming at the Jersey shore and her lover Susan Sontag struggling through cancer, which become more heartbreaking once you learn all three died before the book was completed.
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